McKie began his mechanical engineering education in 1941,
enlisted in the Navy Air Corps in World War II, and returned
to MTU after completing his military service in 1945 to earn
a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After
graduation in 1947 he joined the West Virginia Pulp and Paper
Company. In 1953 he joined Beloit Corporation in their engineering
division and enjoyed a thirty-three year career with the company.
Tom held many positions at Beloit Corporation including Chief
Engineer, Vice President of Engineering, General Sales Manager,
General Manager of Paper Machinery Division (PMD), and Group
Vice President of PMD and Foundry. In 1984 he was named President
and Chief Operating Officer (COO), a position he held until
retirement in 1986. Tom holds ten patents related to the design
of paper machines, is a registered Professional Engineer in
the state of Wisconsin, and has conducted business in nineteen
countries. Tom is a past member of the MTU Forest Research
Board; former board chairman of Beloit Sorel Canada, Beloit
Italia, Beloit Brazil, Beloit Zurich, and Beloit Wamsley;
and a former board member of the Sandusky Foundry (Ohio).
He is currently a Golden M member of the MTU Alumni Association,
a member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper
Industry, a member of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association,
and is active in his local church.