John Joseph McGraw Ph.D.
1974 - 2016
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John Joseph McGraw, PhD. August 21, 1974 - July 20, 2016 Solana Beach John Joseph McGraw, PhD. was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Monte Cassino School and was a 1993 graduate of Cascia Hall Preparatory School. He attended Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, and Stanford University where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree, was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and competed on the Men's Rowing team. John then attended the University of California, San Diego where he received his Master's Degree in Anthropology and two Doctorate degrees, one in Anthropology and the other in Cognitive Science. John currently held positions as External Collaborator at the University of Connecticut, Affiliated Researcher at the Aarhus University, Denmark, Affiliated Researcher at San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala, and Assistant Professor in the department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Northridge. In the course of his research, John had the opportunity to live in Guatemala and after moving back to the States, he maintained an office in San Pedro La Laguna, as well as on the African island of Mauritius. From his time living there and the countless visits that followed over the years, John developed a deep love for Guatemala and a great respect for its people. John was not only a world-class scholar and intellect who has published across numerous fields and collaborated internationally with brilliant colleagues, but he was also a dedicated athlete who trained and competed in triathlons and enjoyed participating in many Mayan rituals. John had a deep love of nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed the many long walks and talks on the beach with his mother, Belinda, as well as crystal mining and the many memorable camping adventures with his father, Joe. John had an insatiable zest for adventure, an infectious sense of humor and a deep love of family. John had recently completed building a desert retreat in his beloved Sedona, Arizona, where he passed from this life July 20, 2016, at the age of 41.John is survived by his mother, Belinda Bates Posey and Jim Posey; father, Joe McGraw and Carol McGraw; brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Lori McGraw; nephews, Sawyer and Oliver McGraw; brother, Zach McGraw; sister and brother-in-law, Brooke Belinda and Matthew Kelley; nieces, Lauren and Hope Kelley; sister, Heather McGraw; his beloved dog and companion of 15 years, "Chico del Mar"; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.A memorial mass was held July 29, 2016, at Christ the King Church, 16th & South Rockford Ave., Tulsa, OK.In lieu of flowers, friends may support the many causes John loved by contributing to the John Joseph McGraw Memorial Fund, c/o American Bank & Trust, PO Box 3339, Tulsa, OK 74101. Ninde Funeral Directors, Brookside Chapel (918) 742-5556 Please sign the guest book online at delmartimes .

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Published in Carmel Valley News & Del Mar Times & Solana Beach Sun on Aug. 4, 2016.
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August 11, 2016
My condolences McGraw family. John will be missed. Please know that ' God cares for you '. - 1 Peter 5 : 7 May His Word encourage you through this sorrow.
August 8, 2016
WE shared lo and laughter, you will be so missed!
August 4, 2016
I am so saddened to read of John's passing. I became acquainted with him when he was living in Del Mar and I can truly say that he was absolutely the kindest and most interesting man I had the pleasure of working with. I vividly can recall Chico and smile when I recollect John so graciously sharing his writings with me......I was in way over my head and blinded by his brilliance and devotion to his studies. Belinda, my heart reaches out to you and your family as I know personally how great the loss of a son will be. God bless you all.

Muriel Murphy, Solana Beach, CA
August 2, 2016
I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1,2) With heartfelt sympathy.
July 29, 2016
Offering expressions of sympathy to the McGraw family. The loss of a loved one breaks into our lives like an irresistible force, often when we are completely unprepared and it robs us of those we hold dear. When under extreme pressure from your grief may you find the words of Psalm 18:6 comforting "In my distress I kept calling upon God, and to my God I kept crying for help. Out of his temple he proceeded to hear my voice, and my own cry before him for help now came into his ears."
K. Fuller
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