Thomas Grakowsky (1959 - 1993)

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Thomas Grakowsky
1959 - 1993
March 3, 1959
February 8, 1993
Thomas Grakowsky was born on March 3, 1959. He died on February 8, 1993 at 33 years old.
Updated: July 4, 2022
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Manchester (CT) High School. Graduated 1976.


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Tim Donovan commented on Feb 16, 2018
I was saddened to learn of the death of Tom Grakowsky. I knew him from high school (Manchester High School, Manchester CT). He was in my biology class 1973-74 and in my Western Civ class 1975-76. Tom was a smart guy, interested in learning. One day in 10th grade I was in front of the class, giving a report about the possibility of alien life elsewhere in our solar system and galaxy. All the kids were listening with greater interest than they usually did in class but I noticed Tom Grakowsky appearing transfixed with fascination. He impressed me later, during our senior year. Mr Glaeser's western civ class was tough. Some of the smartest guys in our class ('76), like J. Dodge, M. Simon and D. Beaulieu, couldn't handle it and dropped out; I barely hung on myself. But Tom managed OK. This is all the more impressive because he was a year younger than most other kids. His parents must've let him skip a grade. Based on his age he "should have" graduated in 1977 not 1976. Clearly Tom was one capable guy. It's so sad to see him gone, and at such an early age. RIP.
Tim Donovan commented on Feb 16, 2018
During the second semester of my senior year at HMS I sat right behind Tom in western civ class. One day while talking to him I shared a certain insight, relating to history and the future. Appearing very impressed he said "Yeah!" Then he added "You look like you can hardly wait." :) By now a few dozen of the '76 alumni have passed away. Frankly, there are a few I don't consider a great loss. But Tom Grakowsky was a very great loss. I wish he were still around....and there were many more like him


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Thomas Grakowsky passed away on February 8, 1993 at 33 years of age. He was born on March 3, 1959. We are unaware of information about Thomas' family.

1959 - 1993 World Events

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In 1959, in the year that Thomas Grakowsky was born, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1961, Thomas was only 2 years old when on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

In 1970, at the age of merely 11 years old, Thomas was alive when on May 1st, US troops invaded Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War. The invasion of Cambodia was a Nixon policy, although it was argued against by both his Secretary of State and his Secretary of Defense.

In 1988, when he was 29 years old, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

In 1993, in the year of Thomas Grakowsky's passing, on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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