John J. Kozak
1940 - 2021
September 14, 1940
January 13, 2021
John J. Kozak of Chicago died peacefully on January 13, 2021 at age 80. Beloved husband of Catherine (née Michuda) for 51 years. Father of Jennifer Ferry (Joe), Joseph (Liz), and Gregory (Emily). Brother to Jeanne Kozak. Preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Valeria and brother James Kozak. Grandfather of Zachary, Nicholas, and Vincent Ferry; Josephine, Hazel, Penn, and Liam Kozak. Uncle and great-uncle to many more. John was a dedicated professor of chemistry at DePaul University, even teaching a class the day before he passed. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, John was a first-generation college student and went on to a remarkable career in academia that provided him with more than a dozen major awards and commendations from both American and international universities, as well as a lifetime of friendships forged with peers around the globe. His many roles included executive vice president for academic affairs at DePaul; provost at Iowa State University; dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry at the University of Georgia, Athens; and multiple roles at University of Notre Dame, including professor of chemistry and associate dean of the College of Science. He proudly published over 200 papers, co-authored with his esteemed colleagues. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, John received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1965. In addition to his passion for teaching and research, John loved traveling, reading, running, his Polish and Slovak heritage, music, art, studying languages, , a good rocking chair, a great meal with his family, and Notre Dame football. A celebration of John's life will be planned at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Harper Cancer Research Institute at Notre Dame or the Case Western Reserve University Cancer Research Innovation Fund. Memories and messages to John's family can be left at the online guestbook at Lakeview Funeral Home.

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 18, 2021.
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I had the good fortune to work in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Dean´s Office during John´s tenure as dean, and his mentoring and support were critical to my career. I offer my condolences to his family.
Ann Crowther
January 27, 2021
Roberto A. Garza-Lopez
January 21, 2021
Harry and Shirley Gray
January 21, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
From all of Us at Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home
January 20, 2021
Sorry to learn of John´s passing. He and I became friends at U of GA and had many great conversations about (Red Sox) baseball and football and music. Always the gentleman, John always enjoyed a good joke and an even story. His smile and laugh always made my day. Never forget you John, rest easy my friend.
Tom Bowen
January 19, 2021
I always enjoyed working with Dr. Kozol at DePaul and remember the device he used of red and blue teams for Strategic Planning for the University. My condolences to all of his family.
Gayle Mindes
January 18, 2021