Greg Tipton Maple Tree - Wilmington, OH
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 39° 25.240 W 083° 49.340
17S E 257043 N 4367261
Quick Description: Greg Tipton was a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. Greg was only 38 years old when he passed away from a heart attack on on January 6, 2007. This tree at the NWS marks his passing.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 10/19/2011 9:34:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMCWPC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
Greg Tipton was a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. Greg was only 38 years old when he passed away from a heart attack on on January 6, 2007.

From the NWS announcement of his death:

Greg graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1990. He actually joined the NWS before graduation and worked for MDL as a student trainee between 1989 and 1991. In March of 1991, Greg became a Meteorologist Intern at the Dayton Weather Service Office. During this time, he rapidly became involved in community outreach programs and lead the office in giving presentations. This, combined with his high energy level and strong interest in severe weather, landed him a promotion as a journey forecaster at the Minneapolis Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in June of 1994. While at Minneapolis he became the office radar focal point. During his tenure, he received several awards and a bronze medal for his accomplishments in working severe weather events. In May of 1998, he became a lead forecaster at WFO Wilmington, OH.

Greg's obituary in the Wilmington News Journal reads:

Gregory A. Tipton, 38, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly Saturday (Jan. 6, 2007) at his home. He is survived by his wife, Jean Tipton, his college sweetheart. They were married in 1991.

Mr. Tipton was born Feb. 27, 1968, in Honolulu, Hawaii, son of Charles Tipton of Centre Hall, Pa., and the late Donna Tipton. He grew up in Tipp City. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1986, and went on to pursue his passion for weather, graduating in 1991 from Penn State University with a major in meteorology. He began working for the National Weather Service, which took him to Dayton, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minn., then back to Wilmington, where he was a lead forecaster from 1998. As a lead forecaster, he enjoyed mentoring, coaching and recognizing co-workers' skills. He received many awards for his accomplishments, and his positive attitude and ease with the public were assets to the community. He and his family have had many adventures together and loved to travel, camp and more recently doing run/walk races together. Family, outdoors and running were all so important in Greg's life and he tried to balance his time between the job he loved and his family and friends. He was a member of the Wilmington Friends Meeting and a former member of the West Charleston Church of the Brethren. He was a part of various church youth activities, including camps and Habitat for Humanity. He valued the time he could spend at church, but also was a man of quiet prayer and faith. He touched so many lives in his short time here, and his smile, gentleness and infectious laughter will be missed by all.

Location of the tree: National Weather Service grounds

Type of tree: Maple

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