JOSEPH GEUSIC

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GEUSIC--Joseph Edward.

Joseph Edward Geusic a 56 year resident of Berkeley Heights, NJ passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the age of 83. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation, Wednesday December 17th from 4-8 pm at Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ. The funeral will be held Thursday, December 18th with a Funeral Mass to be offered at 10am at Our Lady of Peace Church, South St, New Providence, NJ. Interment will be private. For additional information or to express online condolence please visit www.ippolito funeralhomes.com. Born in Nesquehoning, PA Joseph moved to Berkeley Heights, NJ in 1958, joining AT&T Bell Laboratories where he began his distinguished 37 year career. He attended Lehigh University, achieved a B.S. in Engineering Physics in 1953, and later attended Ohio State University where he received a MS in Physics in 1955. In 1958 Joseph achieved a Ph.D. in Physics. Some of his notable achievements were in 1958-1962 he was a MTS. Traveling Wave Maser for Echo and Telstar projects. Solid State Laser, from 1962-1966 Joseph was a Supervisor, Laser Group Solid State Lasers and Electro-Optic Modulators, in 1964 he invented: ND/YAG Laser (with L.G. VanUitert), in 1966-1970 he was a Department Head, Solid Optical Device Department, Completion of ND/ YAG development and exploration of other material systems and in 1984 Joseph was Department Head, Semiconductor Laser Development Department, developed high frequency, reliable FP and DFB lasers to terrestrial NS undersea cable communications. Mr. Geusic and his colleagues were responsible for the birth of the fiber optics industry. During his 37 distinguished years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Mr. Geusic published more than 62 scientific papers and held 27 patents. Retiring in 1994 Mr. Geusic joined Micron where he worked in their Advanced Research Institute. He is responsible for an estimated 200 patents while consulting there. He retired from Micron in 2005 after 10 years of service as a consultant. His works are cited in: Who's Who in Technology, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, American Men in Science and Leaders in Technology. During his professional career Joseph received four significant awards/honors; in 1989 the Fellow IEEE for contribution to: Masers, Laser, Nonlinear Optics and Magnetic Bubbles, in 1992 he received the Quantum Electronics Award for IEEE Laser and E/O Society Inventions and Development of the ND/ YAG Laser, in 1993 he received the R.W. Wood Prize for the Optical Society of America, Inventions and development of the ND/YAG Laser and also in 1993 he was awarded the AT&T Patent CJ Davis Trophy for AT&T Patents Attaining Significant Commercial Value. Joseph is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years Irene J. Geusic (nee Hosak) and his children: Patricia, Mark (Luann), Michael (Victoria), Mary Ellen Taylor (Matthew), Robert and Joseph (Lisa). He is also survived by his five grandchildren Gregory, Aaron, Minh, Jennifer Geusic and Kaitlin Taylor. He was predeceased by his parents Mary (nee Koch) Geusic and Joseph Geusic. Joe will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to Ohio State University in Joseph Geusic's memory to the Physics Department to provide scholarship funding to aspiring young scientists.

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Published in The New York Times on Dec. 16, 2014
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