John Fearnsides "Jack" (Age 86)
Died on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 28, 1934 to Samuel and Mary (nee Mulderig) Fearnsides. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jenny, his step-children, Nicholas Sednew and Katja Sednew, and his nieces, Melani Jaffe and Mia Payne. He was preceded in death by his sister Judy Flynn. The cause of death was Leukemia. After serving in the Army as a cryptology specialist, Jack earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He held numerous positions in the Ford and Carter Administrations, including Deputy Undersecretary of Transportation, before leading the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development at the MITRE Corp. He was a member of the Cosmos Club and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. An avid reader and lover of music, especially jazz, Jack had an uncanny memory for facts, figures, and thousands of song lyrics. He loved baseball and supported his Phillies through thick and thin. Extensive travels took him to all 50 states and six of seven continents. He has left an indelible mark on aviation while touching the lives of countless people, who will remember him as a mentor, a brilliant strategist, and a leader who rose from humble beginnings but never forgot his roots. In lieu of flowers, Jack asked that you support Doctors Without Borders
or Capital Caring Hospice. Due to the pandemic, there will not be a memorial service at this time.