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Thomas Grundner

(1945-2011) A Tribute to the Founder and Author of Fireship Press


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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.

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