Reply to "OBIT: Tom Tjaarda 1934-2017"

Tom will be remembered fondly, and missed by many.

Rest in peace.


here's a brief bio:

Tom Tjaarda

Tom was born on July 23, 1934 in Detroit Michigan, USA.
His full name at birth was Stevens Thompson Tjaarda Van Starkenberg.
He graduated the University of Michigan in 1958 with a degree in Architecture.

His employment as an automotive designer was as follows:

1958 – 1960: Ghia under Luigi Segre
1961 – 1965: Pininfarina
1965 – 1967: Fergat/OSI
1968 – 1977: Ghia under De Tomaso/Ford
1978 – 1981: Fiat Advanced Design
1982 – 1984: Rayton – Fissore

He established a personal design copmpany in 1984, and named it Dimensione Design.
Dimensione Design was renamed Tjaarda Design in 2003.

He passed away on June 1, 2017 in Torino Italy.
He is survived by Paola (Bronzino) Tjaarda, his wife of more than 40 years.
Tom and Paola had no children.
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