I am deeply saddened to hear of John's untimely passing. He was the only kid I knew who would relax by sitting on the steps of Ridgefield Park High School reading physics and astronomy texts 'just for fun'. It remains one of my clearest and most fond memories of that time. We also shared a hearty dislike of our chemistry professor, who seemed bent on destroying any interest we might have in the subject. Although we lost touch over the years, I always delighted in his many academic successes. My deepest condolences to his wife Rebecca, his son Harry, and his parents.