Dr. John Stanley Wollam, was born December 10, 1927, in Ardara, Pennsylvania, the fourth of five children. He enlisted in the Navy during WWII and was stationed in Illinois, Treasure Island and in the Pacific aboard ship. After WWII, he returned to Pennsylvania and graduated from Washington & Jefferson University in 1950. He later graduated with a PhD in Physical Chemistry from The University of Pittsburgh. His PhD thes is was Some Thermal and Magnetic Properties of MgNi2. Dr. Wollam continued his active duty and Reserve duties with the Navy and was assigned as gunnery officer and instructor U.S. Gunnery School, Anacostia, Maryland. He was ordered to the USS Bennington, and became the only survivor in the officers quarters section of the ship when the left catapult exploded in 1954. 103 sailors died in the accident and another 201 were injured. His scientific and professional history included a number of New England an local companies and organizations where he was involved primarily in research and development of semiconductors. While working at Materials Research Process, Orangeburg NY, he developed a machine to deposit uniform SiO2 on a 3 wafer as part of the process for developing semi-conductor devices. He won an industry prize for this development. He also held several patents in his field. During his working years, Dr. Wollam held a pilots license and owned two private planes. He was a fitness enthusiast and continued his gym routine into his 80s. After retirement, Dr. Wollam moved from Acton, Massachusetts to Falmouth, MA but kept his hand in the scientific field by establishing a private consulting firm. He was an active volunteer with the Senior Center of Falmouth and Falmouth Hospital. He had many interests and was an enthusiastic sailor, reader, cook, and Scrabble player. He owned an RV and enjoyed travelling to Florida and the Carolinas. Dr. Wollam is survived by his fiance Gabrielle Goode of Boston, a son David of Pittsburgh, PA and his 4 children, Daughter Erika of Tennessee, Daughter Kirsten of Massachusetts, and Daughter Katrina of NH. A memorial service will be held on May 3rd at the First Congregational Church in Falmouth MA at 1 pm followed by a committal ceremony with military honors at the National Cemetery in Bourne at 2:30pm. Remembrances may be sent to: Doctors without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030 www.doctorswithoutborders.org
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2013