(1945-2011) A Tribute to the Founder and Author of Fireship Press
Acre (Sir Sidney Smith Nautical Adventure Series Book 4)1
THE MIDSHIPMAN PRINCE (First Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Series)2
HMS DIAMOND (Second Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Series)3
THE TEMPLE (Third Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Series)4
The Care and Feeding of the Undomesticated Golf Club5
The Men Who Spoke to Hornblower6
THE OLDEST LIVING MEMBER TELLS ALL: Lessons on Life, Love and Golf7
The Ramage Companion8
“Fair Winds and Following Seas”
Dr. Grundner received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University; a masters degree in Human Learning from the Institute for Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland; a second masters in Education from the University of Southern California; and a doctorate in Educational Philosophy and psychology, also from USC.
The majority of his working life was spent as a college professor. In 1991, however, he bailed out of academia, ran a nonprofit organization for a while, bailed out of that and, given his background and training, made the only career move he thought to be logical—he became a full time custom golf clubmaker.
Tom’s experience as a clubmaker led him to write a series of best-selling golf equipment books with noted golf club designer, Tom Wishon. As a result of the success of these books he was able to become one the original investors in Fireship Press.
Tom served as the “Senior Editor” of Fireship, which also allowed him to indulge in his first love—writing books about the 18th Century Royal Navy. As one of Fireship Press’s bestselling authors, he published four novels including The Midshipman Prince, HMS Diamond, The Temple, and Acre.
David Hayes of Historical Naval Fiction has moving obituary for Tom here.
Obituary in the AZ Newspaper.