HEACOCK JOHN G. HEACOCK, JR. (Age 91) "Jack" Of Falls Church, VA and later of Richmond, VA, passed at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, VA, with his niece, Charlotte A. Hunt and his nurse, Pat Hinton by his side on November 26, 2012. Born August 11, 1921 in Chester, PA to the late John Gelston Heacock and Edith G. (Andrews). His sister, Grace M. (Heacock) Yost also preceded him in 1989. He was married in 1956 to Bernice Jean Cumming (Keep) for 27 years, who preceded him in 1982. He was a graduate of Chester High School in 1938, Franklin and Marshall College in 1942 with a B.S. in Physics, Cornell University Graduate School summer of 1942 to spring of 1943. He worked on the Manhattan Project (World War II) from the fall of 1943 to the spring of 1946, where he helped build and maintain Mass Spectrometer s used to evaluate effectiveness of uranium isotope separation. He researched and improved Mass Spectrometer Ion collector design. He then graduated from Columbia University Graduate School (physics) and was granted Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Physics from spring 1946 to fall 1947. While working towards his Ph.D. his accomplishments included: Geophysics field research (measuring earth's gravity pull at sea aboard three (3) US Navy submarine, along tracks: Japan to Hawaii, Hawaii to Australia, Guam, Japan, Midway, Hawaii; and from San Diego back and forth across the Middle America Trench to determine its structure, and finally through the Panama Canal to Key West, Fla.) 1948-1949. (He discovered the Middle America Trench and named it) course work and research in geophysics, Columbia University fall 1949, spring 1953. Columbia University, Dept of Physics 1951, also Master of Philosophy in 1986. He worked for Shell Oil Company from 1953 to 1962 in the Technical Service Division. Then he worked for the Office of Naval Research from 1962 to 1990 as the Director of Earth Physic's program. He then attended and graduated from the Wesley Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity in 1994. The United Methodist Church Ordained him as a Minister in 1995. He was then appointed Pastor of the Arcola United Methodist Church in 1996. Jack was a very family oriented man, time and distance didn't keep him away from attending just about every family function through the years. Jack also had his pilot's license and enjoyed flying when ever time would allow. Hiking and camping in the Adirondacks Mountains every summer. Services will be private.
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2012