Thomas Lawrence Volkert, 52, formerly of Middlebury


BELMONT, Mass. — Thomas Lawrence Volkert, born Dec. 9, 1971, in Middlebury, Vt., passed on June 7, 2024. Tom is survived by his wife, Angela; sons, Vincent and Dexter; parents, Larry, Susan, Sallie and Steve; brother, Aaron; sisters, Tamara and Kathleen; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

Tom was a beloved figure in the scientific community, known not only for his professional achievements but also for his warm personality and dedication to his colleagues and friends. Tom’s contributions to the field of genomics were significant, and he played a crucial role in advancing genome technology at the Whitehead Institute.

Tom served as director of Genome Technology Core at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Mass., where he made substantial contributions to genomic research. He was deeply involved in the scientific community and was known for his expertise, innovation, and collaborative spirit. He was also an integral part of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF), which he considered family.

Tom also worked as Vice President of Genomics and Consultant at Paratus Sciences. His academic background was impressive; he graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A in Biochemistry and earned his M.S in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from Tufts University.

For many who knew him, Tom was more than just a colleague; he was a dear friend and a source of inspiration. His dedication to his work was matched by his commitment to those around him, always ready to lend a helping hand or share his vast knowledge.

Tom’s personal life was centered around his love for his family and friends. He was a kind, compassionate and caring person with a great sense of humor. He loved nothing more than spending free time with his family, watching and playing sports, playing a wide variety of games and was especially fond of the Boston Celtics.

Throughout his life, Tom actively engaged in a variety of sports. He was the captain of the MIT softball team, the Biohazards, and won several championships over the years. He also played center for his rec. league hockey team, the Shooters.

A celebration of life will be held at the VFW in Middlebury, Vt., on Sunday, June 23 from 1-4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please feel free to donate to a charity of your choice. ◊


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