George John, 91, of Riverside, OH died on Monday, February 25, 2013 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, surrounded by his family after suffering a heart attack on February 23.
George was born November 24, 1921 in Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio, the son of Joseph (Youssef Hanna Elya) John and Catherine (Keturah) Fadell (Aboufadel) John.
He graduated from Bellaire High School and served in the US Army during WWII as a translator of both Arabic and German. George graduated from The Ohio State University with a Doctorate in Nuclear Chemistry in 1950.
He worked briefly at the Materials Lab before becoming a Professor of Physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. George taught from 1956 until he retired at age 71 in 1992, though he continued to consult with faculty and students as a specialist in Mossbauer Spectrometry until his death.
George was an active member of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church where he was a senior warden, a lay reader, a cantor and sang in the choir. He also served for many years on the Faith in Life Commission of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He was an elected member of the Montgomery County Board of Education for 20 years and did service as President of the Board.
On December 16, 1950, he married Anne Homer, she survives along with two sons: Mark Stephen John (Susanna) of Hawaii and Craig Stuart John (Melissa) of Merritt Island, FL; 4 granddaughters: Jessica Kim (Johnny), Aleya Rose (Charlie), Zara & Xochi John; 2 step-grandsons: Nick Wroblewski and Finn (Brynn) Ryan; 1 step-great-grandson; 1 sister, Nellie Keyser of Bellaire and 1 brother, Emile (Anne) John of Shelby; In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Isabel (Albert) Kalil and Josephine (Julius) Hader and 1 brother, Joseff John.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 456 Woodman Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45431. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church.