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The Officers and Members of Local 30-73 extend our sincere sympathy
to the families of our departed members.
Ernest James “Jim” Torok”
3-3-1936 to 11-8-2016
Ernest James "Jim" Torok was a physicist with more than 40 patents to his name, as well as the leader of a Dixieland jazz band with more than 400 songs in its repertoire. He was a pioneer in the computer industry, with a 30-year career starting in 1960 at the Univac division of the Sperry Corp. A talented musician, he founded one of Minnesota's best known Dixieland bands, the Pig's Eye Jass Band, in 1961, which became a staple at the Minnesota State Fair parade each year. He shared his love of music by mentoring two generations of Dixieland players, including teaching high school students the art of improvisation.

Jim grew up in Corning, NY. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in physics from the University of Minnesota, where he also completed Ph.D. courses except for the dissertation. From 1960 to 1989, he worked at Univac in St. Paul, which later became Unisys Corporation. He worked on the magnetic process of computer memory storage, optics technology and solid state light deflectors. He also helped launch two small tech start-ups in the Twin Cities — Key Innovations and Integrated Micro Transducer Electronics Corporation.

Outside the research lab, he was conducting other investigations — namely into early New Orleans jazz. That meant the toe-tapping music of Kid Ory, Sidney Bechet and King Oliver. He posted a sign at Univac looking for musicians to start a jazz band in 1961 and led that band, with a changing cast of musicians, until October 2016.

Jim loved Dixieland because it allowed musicians to improvise continually, and because it was one of the country's original art forms. Over the years, the Pigs Eye band performed in many Twin Cities clubs and outdoor venues. For the past seven years, it played monthly at the Eagles Club in Minneapolis. Jim played clarinet, soprano saxophone, and trumpet, performed with other local Dixieland bands as well. He taught jazz at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis and Columbia Heights High School, developing a manual on how to teach improvisation jazz to high school students. He also served in the Twin Cities Jazz Society. He was also a lifelong sailor, and a voracious reader of science fiction and history.

"He was one of the key figures in keeping traditional jazz alive in the Twin Cities and Minnesota," said Dick Parker, a band member and retired journalist. His wife Nancy shares that he was a man with a remarkable memory that "recalled facts, figures and statements, in a matter of seconds”.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the family and friends of Jim,
the Young Musicians Scholarship has received over $3,000 in donations.

 
 
•2017•

John H. Bravis: Jan 2

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski: Feb 21


•2016•

Richard F. Palumbo: Jan 7

Michael J. Grandchamp: Jan 8

Thomas V. Knipe: Jan 11
Leon O. Bonrud: Jan 30 Eric O. Giere: Feb 2 Roy G. Olson: Feb 6
Lawrence E. Wilke: Feb. 23 Eugene (Gene) E. Egan: Apr 7
Stuart M. Johnson: Apr 20
Prince Rogers Nelson: Apr 21 Richard J. Perkins: Apr 30 Ernest J. “Jim” Torok: Nov 8
 

•2015•

Earl P. Mosel: Mar 15

Victor Tedesco : Mar 16

Eugene B. “Curley” Karels: Mar 28
Ralph G. Mendenhall: Mar 30 Jane Hill Massmann: May 18 George J. Maxa: Jun 7
Benjamin L. “Bud” Burniece: Jun 9 Alex Wilson: Jul 5 Merle Knudson: Jul 17
Lynda M. Bradley-Vacco: Aug 2 Harold H. Hering: Sep 25 Lorenzo A. Arsenal, Jr: Oct 13
Lois V. Herman: Oct 28 Richard W. Sandmann: Nov 13


•2014•

Roy E. Johnson: Jan 2

Roger J. Hernandez: Jan 23

Kerry Ashmore: Jan 27
Sidney Blank: Jan 31 Ray A. Smith: Feb 16 Clifford F. Brunzell: Apr 5
John R. Dennis: May 4 J. Cloyde Williams: May 25 Donald J. Harrer: Jun 9
Paul R. Askegaard: Jun 13 Loren A. "Wally" Walstad: Sep 3 Marie Shaw: Nov 19
Ronald Rochat: Dec 14 Bruce A. Rardin: Dec 27

•2013•

Steven G. Kramer: Jan 19

Charles David Elzea: Jan 19

Emil J. Niosi: Feb 2
Earl J. McNeal: Feb 12 Donel G. Swanson “Don Swani”: Feb 25 Lawrence O. Hauge: Mar 3
Richard Ramberg: Mar 7 David A. Brown “Cool Breeze”: Mar 16 Jack E. Weizel: Apr 11
Kirke W. Walker: May 18 Robert R. Holme: May 20 Charles M. Nicosia: May 30
Gerald S. Pearson: May 31 John P. “Jack” Schneider: Jun 1 Erwin “Bernie” Bernstein: Jun 4
Jeanne M. Peterson: Jun 23 Lorna Michaelson: Jul 20 Thomas Moore: Aug 27
Charles Kolpek: Aug 28 John T. “Johnny” White: Oct 4 George D. Rydel: Oct 9
Frank P. Ricci: Oct 29 Paul N. Juaire: Nov 19 Robert M. Holland: Dec 12
Karl H. Zenk: Dec 25


•2012•

Gerald “Jerry” Kellerman: Jan 12

Einar O. Niklason: Jan 26

William Seamans: Feb 10
Robert H. Mendenhall: Feb 14 Brian Schmid: Feb 18 Robert N. Benham: Feb 24
James L. Clute: Mar 7 William R. Butler: Mar 26 Maynard W. Vogelgesang: Apr 15
Elliot Fine: May 4 Norman J. Herzog: May 19 Charles L. McDonald: May 21
Avis W. Laguban: Jul 10 George Sartick: Jul 11 Henry “Jackie” Johnson: Sep 12
Lee Lewis: Sep 14 Ronald Balazs: Sep 16 William Laack: Nov 2
Kathy Kohls: Nov 13 John C. Sutherland: Nov 18 Edward C. Deering: Dec 5
Albert Biales: Dec 6


•2011•

Harry M. Ballard, Jr.: Jan 12

Peter Falkowski: Feb 12

Rodger Bartlett: Feb 13
Roy Geidel: Feb 19 Beverly A. Pencook: Feb 24 M. Margaret R. Allguire: Mar 4
Edward R. Anderson: Mar 4 Charles O. Pike: Mar 4 Jean Fischer Bencriscutto: Mar 17
Don Milleon: Apr 17 Leonard P. Hausam: Apr 18 Clyde L. Weaver: Apr 25
Carolyn D. Smothers: May 3 Richard H. Reimer: May 25 Richard A. Zgodava: Jun 23
Joseph Glowacki: Jul 11 Rosalyn S. Locketz: Jul 21 Steven M. Hegman: Sep 8


•2010•

Ed Lewandoski: Jan 2

Valerie A. Dudek: Mar 9

Frances G. Miller: Mar 10
Clifton F. Jackson: Mar 24 John (Jack) Wallin: Apr 24 Larry Grivna: Apr 29
William B. Hinkley: May 25 Elmer W. Burghardt: Jun 4 Eric H. Wahlin: Jun 9
Russell V. Ek: Jul 23 Robert “Bob” Achterling: Oct 12 Edward J. Boike: October 15
Egon R. Grapentin: Oct 29 Jo Alta Danner Geidel: Nov 1 Vilas H. Strumstad: Nov 29


•2009•
Joseph Wm. Sauro: Jan 12

Robert Wm. Bedard: Jan 18

William “Bill” Schneider: Jan 23
Wallace “Wally” B. Olson: Feb 1 Rocco A. Distasio: Mar 13 David E. Ulfeng: Mar 17
Kenneth J. Poferl: Mar 31 Leo A. Simmer: Apr 28 Charles H. Aldrich: May 13
James A. Robb, Jr.: May 22 David A. Magnuson: Jun 24 Etta M. Overland: Jun 25
Emil F. Jandric: Jul 11 Howard E. Meline: Jul 26 Martha T. Rhodes: Aug 15
George H. Veith, Jr.: Sep 2 Gene Piccalo: Sep 12
Lawrence E. Malmberg: Sep 13
Eleanor E. Turner: Sep 14
Roger M. Berg: Sep 24
Raymond A. Komischke: Sep 27
Roy C. Hansen: Oct 7
Margaret Bates: Oct 10
Robert D. Hurt, Jr.: Oct 14
Arthur H. Wolf: Oct 18 Kenneth S. Dubbe: Dec 23 William G. Hulwi: Dec 28
Jeffrey P. Hodapp: Dec 30



•2008•
Anthony O. Buss: Jan 16

Harold S. Boquist: Jan 24

Peter Dovidio, Jr.: Feb 23
Thelma A. Holland: Mar 11
Harold Fox: Mar 13
Norman G. Larson: Mar 13
Maxine Weeks: Mar 22
Thomas P. Curran: Mar 28
Albert J. Wilharber: Mar 28
Edouard M. Blitz: Apr 15 Marvin M. McCoy: Apr 30
Charles E. Wolter: May 2
Donald L. Berg: Jun 25
Nancy Kilde Peabody: Jun 29
Daniel B. Tetzlaff: Jul 11
Robert R. Biglow: Jul 21
Donald J. Lang: Aug 7 Mickey T. Lockner : Aug 18
Bruce Allard: Aug 23 David W. Eagle: Sep 16 Edward A. Berger: Oct 4
Clarence R. Swanson: Oct 29 Andreas P. Berggreen: Nov 1
Shirley Christensen: Nov 15
Forrest R. Grimm: Dec 3


•2007•
Barbara Jean Huestis: Jan. 13

George Hewetson: Feb 4

Leslie B. Curtiss: Feb 10
Clifford G. Johnson: Feb 17 Robert A. Shannon : Feb 26

Charles S. Lavick: Feb 28

Amanda M. Burt: Mar 2 Herman R. Straka: Apr 12 Richard J. Schuler: Apr 20

Herbert Warren: May 10

Mary West: Jun 3

Patrick E. Hagerty: Jun 15

Roy D. Florin: Jun 29 James “Red” McLeod: Jul 2 Joseph Roche: Jul 24
Nicolina F. Campobasso: Aug 10 Pronny M. Cortes: Aug 13 Marjorie L. Forsberg: Oct 22
Roger Neis: Oct 26 Robert Blixt: Dec 4


•2006•
Leona M. Carlson: Jan 29

Richard T. Kubias: Feb 15

John J. Bruer: Mar 2
James Messicci: Mar 9 Deutrelle L. "Dick" Paige: Apr 11

George C. Innocenti: Apr 19

Richard O. Koch: Apr 26 Sidney A. Bacon: Apr 29 Robert E. Beverley: May 2

Richard H. Henderson: Jun 12

Omar R. Q. Azeez: Jul 13

William E. Arsers: Jul 18

Max H. Metzger: Jul 22 William "Bill" Hobbs, Jr.: Sep 3 John L. Farwell: Sep 10
Connie Fox: Sep 26 Arthur "Halfmoon" Monson: Oct 4 Ransom O’Neal: Nov 10
Hazel M. Gerard “Babe Marion Allen”:
Nov 11
Alice Preves: Nov 15 David J. Faison: Dec 9


•2005•
Leonard L. Chickett: Jan 3 John R. Konchal: Jan 23 Gladys M. Hubner: Jan 26
Florence E. Niesen: Jan 30 Carl E. Hane: Feb 6 Louis J. Ferrara: Feb 7
Byron C. Carlson: Mar 25 Nicholas T. Defeo: Apr 8 Paul E. Philipp: Apr 8
Gene Adams: Apr 11 Roger M. "Buzz" Peterson: May 7 Marvin H. Rechtzigel: May 22
Paul K. Thomason: Jun 6 Gerald "Jerry" Mayeron: Jun 12 Jules A. Herman: Jul 22
Robert J. Caldwell: Aug 2 Willis K. "Bill" Drake: Aug 8 Donald A. Schwartz: Aug 17
George B. Stahl: Aug 23 Robert M. Steger: Sep 22
Bette G. Gilson: Oct 9
Harvey Heffron: Oct 21 Edwin T. "Tommy" Bauer: Oct 22 Ogden L. Kepp: Oct 27
Yuri Anatoliy Merzhevsky: Nov 14 Bill "Frog" Halgren: Nov 15
Gerald E. Swanson: Dec 3
John A. Tiller: Dec 5 Charles E. "Chuck" Adams: Dec 23 Jack G. "Jerry" Grayson: Dec 23
Richard O. Lawrence: Dec 27
 

•2004•
William S. Hedges: Jan 6 Harlan Ebert: Jan 18 Betty Anderson: Feb 13
Patrick J. Vincelli: Feb 20 Stanley M. Berry: Mar 4 Louis R. Humphrey: Mar 13
Lester V. Deneweth: Mar 15 Alice M. Bednarz: Mar 24 Esther Olson: Apr 18
Armond L. Fraser: Apr 20 Lowell Larson: May 29 Arthur L. Orth: Aug 6
Ralph I. Groning: Aug 21 Richard D. Clausen: Sep 9 Joe Doodeward: Sep 11
Milan "Sonny" Zarich: Sep 26 Joseph J. Rucci: Nov 8 Ernest H. Garven: Nov 9
James A. Swift: Nov 15 Willard D. Stephenson: Nov 17 Ray J. Arent: Dec 7
Kenneth H. Christian, Sr.: Dec 20 Hyacinthe J. Tlucek: Dec 28


•2003•
Robert L. Samarotto: Jan 1 Ralph W. Roberts: Jan 4 Donald H. Lisle: Jan 7
Charles E. Dellago: Jan 26 Thaddeus L. Cyptar: Jan 26 Mike Sichak: Jan 31
Jim Streich: Jan 31 Walter W. Rudd : Feb 3 Francis A. "Frank" Filipczak: Feb 10
Father Gordon E. Mycue: Feb 14 Vincent Cole: Feb 22 Edward V. Wojack: Mar 4
Harold G. Blazer: Mar 13 Clinton L. Atkinson: Apr 12 Lyn H. Roam: Apr 16
Harold E. "Hal" Garven: Apr 17 Irve L. Robins: Apr 29 Jane G. Burris: May 12
Richard F. Maczka (Dick Cady): May 20 Ovid O. "Biddy" Bastien: May 22 Joseph A. Grecco: Jun 4
Clifford O. Lundquist: Jul 11 Ronald C. Neuman: Sep 2 Carol A. McCullough: Sep 15
Albert G. Demarco: Sep 20 Martin Leet, Jr.: Oct 6 Harry Habata: Oct 11
Arthur T. Weflen: Oct 27 Barbara Lee McKenzie: Dec 11 Michael F. "Bud" Damon: Dec 14
Paul Reichenbach: Dec 25

 

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