Tamas Tamas, 85, of Somerset, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Regency Jewish Heritage Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Somerset. Born in Ujpest (Budapest), Hungary in 1936, Tamas completed his high school education at Trefort Gimnazium. As a student at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, he attended the planning meetings and demonstrations that led to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Tamas and his brothers, Pal, Imre, and Istvan left Hungary after Imre was wounded from artillery fire that struck their home and it became clear that the injured were being imprisoned by Soviet troops. Tamas settled in Central New Jersey, became active in the Hungarian-American community there (including forming the still thriving Hungarian scout troop in New Brunswick), met and married Marie Gerenday (whose family had also fled Hungary in 1956), earned advanced degrees from Rutgers University and The New School for Social Research, and became a prominent research biologist at Merck. Tamas also published widely in biology and sociology. As St. Ladislaus RC Church's official historian, Tamas wrote a book on the history of the church’s windows. He remained active in the New Brunswick Hungarian community throughout his life, including teaching at the local Hungarian school, conducting archival research at the museum, and being a parishioner at St. Ladislaus.
Tamas was predeceased by his parents, Viktor and Anna (Csagoly) Tamas and nine siblings. He is survived by his wife, Marie; children, Peter, Miklos, Bernard, and Sophie; brother, Istvan; daughters-in-law, Irene Dala and Rie Debabrata; son-in-law, Abhi Kamerkar; along with nine grandchildren, Henrik, Richard, Stephen, Nicholas, Sofie, Brigid, Kaashvi, Anika, and Kirsten.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ladislaus RC Church in New Brunswick. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Brunswick.