For­mer Johns Hop­kins pro­fes­sor dies of in­juries suf­fered in crash

Ge­or­gia man struck by pickup truck on Dec. 31 in Tow­son

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Phil Davis

A for­mer Johns Hop­kins pro­fes­sor who was struck by a pickup truck in a hit-and-run crash on New Year’s Eve in Tow­son died from his in­juries Sun­day morn­ing, Bal­ti­more County po­lice said.

Thomas Charles Gluick, 62, of Ge­or­gia was struck around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 while he was cross­ing the in­ter­sec­tion of Du­laney Val­ley Road and Fair­mount Av­enue, po­lice said.

A truck driven by an un­known man made a left turn from Fair­mount Av­enue and struck Gluick, po­lice wrote. He was taken to the hos­pi­tal but ul­ti­mately died from his in­juries about two weeks later.

Gluick’s ex-wife of 25 years,

Sheila Gar­rity, who lives in the Bal­ti­more area, said Gluick had come to visit her in Mary­land be­fore re­turn­ing to his home in the At­lanta area.

She said the two lived in Mary­land dur­ing the 1990s while Gluick taught chem­istry and was a re­search sci­en­tist at Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity. Although the two have been di­vorced since 2012, she said they re­mained close over the years.

She said his death Sun­day came as a shock as she’d seen him in the hos­pi­tal the day prior and had spo­ken to him about re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for bro­ken bones he’d suf­fered in the crash.

Gluick was “larger than life” at 6 feet 5, Gar­rity said. She said he had a goofy de­meanor, reg­u­larly jok­ing with friends and co-work­ers.

“He would meet you and make up a song about your name,” Gar­rity said.

She also de­scribed him as some­one de­voted to his work, say­ing he was “in the lab all hours of the day and night” and some­one who con­tin­ued to fol­low his pas­sion for teach­ing and sci­ence to Ge­or­gia, where he be­came an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of chem­istry at Ge­or­gia Gwin­nett Col­lege.

Gar­rity said that while she’s still try­ing to wrap her head around the news, she will re­mem­ber Gluick as a man who loved the out­doors and used to take her to Glacier Na­tional Park in Mon­tana ev­ery sum­mer to hike.

“Tom knew he was loved and I just have to re­mind my­self of that,” she said.

Po­lice wrote that the truck that struck Gluick is a Dodge Ram pickup truck made from 2013 to 2020. The depart­ment has not iden­ti­fied the driver.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 410-307-2020. Call­ers can re­main anony­mous.

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