1958 - 2017
MEDICA, John Kevin John Kevin Medica, 59, of The Plains, Virginia, died peacefully on Friday October 13, 2017, in Reston Virginia, with his beloved wife and family by his side. John was born August 23, 1958, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the son of Adolph and Helen Medica. He is survived by his wife Megan Salzman Medica, of 32 years, and his brother James Medica; brother-in-law Joseph M. Salzman; sister-in-law Kimberly Medica; and his nephews, John Paul and Owen Christopher, and niece, Lauren Holly. He is also survived by many first and second cousins, his Uncle, Pat Santoro, and an Aunt, Donna Medica. He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law and sister-in-law, and several additional aunts, uncles, and one cousin. He was a globally recognized senior executive in the technology industry, beginning his career at Apple Inc. for ten years, and then with Dell Inc. for fourteen years, where he retired as Senior Vice President and Co-Leader of the Product Development Organization. In his final professional position, he served seven years as Vice Chairman and Group Corporate Advisor for Compal Electronics Inc., based in Taiwan. For more information about John's professional experience, please see The Wall Street Journal's article, John Medica Helped Apple and Dell Recover From Design Fiascos: a boisterous engineer, led teams that developed notebook computers written by James R. Hagerty. John also served on the Board of Directors for General Instrument (TX), and was currently serving as a board member at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (OR), and as a director at Artificial Solutions, Inc. He joined the Wake Forest University Business School Board of Visitors in 2001, and became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2009. He earned his BSEE at Manhattan College in NY, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest University, Babcock School of Business. A long-time resident of The Plains, Virginia, he invested his time advising technology companies, sailing, and playing golf. Together with his wife Megan, John was an ardent supporter of animal welfare and rescue groups, higher education, and had recently become involved with The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He enjoyed his leisure time as a member of the Saint Francis Yacht Club in CA, Camden Yacht Club in ME, Caves Valley Golf Club in MD, and his favorite of all, the New York Athletic Club. John enjoyed traveling around the world throughout his life, and loved to sail extensively. Most importantly, he treasured the time he spent as the favorite uncle with his two nephews and niece, his loving family, and especially his wife. The family would like to thank the staff of Purcellville Fire and Rescue, Middleburg Fire and Rescue, and The Plains Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, the family would like to thank the care givers and physicians at Reston Hospital for their vocational excellence and tremendous support and care during the final phase of his life. A private memorial mass and celebration of John's life is being planned for January. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in his name to the following organizations: Wake Forest University Debate Wreaths Across America Best Friends Animal Society Purcellville, Virginia, Fire & Rescue Middleburg, Virginia, Fire & Rescue The Plains, Virginia, Volunteer Fire Department Or your local First Responders Organizations
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 10, 2017.
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I’m so sad to hear the news of such an incredible soul. I had the pleasure of working as John’s admin back in the Apple days. He was an incredible boss. So creative, encouraging, and FUN! He sang Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York at the end of every team party. His personality was one where everyone was a friend. I have only the fondest memories of my time working with him. My deepest condolences to the family. He will be missed.
Robin Wisner
April 21, 2021
I am shocked and saddened by John's untimely death. I first met John at Apple circa 1991 and was immediately impressed by him. We were working on a chip design together there and things weren't going well. John was every bit the wonderful human being and brilliant technologist everyone says. With his help and support, we turned the project around. The subsequent product line greatly contributed to the success Apple now enjoys today. Rest in peace, John, our condolences to your family and we appreciate your life!
Bill Chastain
November 15, 2018
John was a funny man . I was his trainer when he worked for Dell computers. He would bring his dog Maggie out for a run at 6:00 am on the golf course. I'll never forget his since of humor and his love for life !
Lynn Doelger
October 10, 2018
As a board member of National Instruments, John encouraged and supported my expat assignment in Singapore. He generously coached me on how to take advantage of his extensive professional network in Asia, which greatly facilitated my adjustment to the new environment. In addition, he checked on me from time to time to share his wisdom and insights. I am grateful to have known him professionally. He will be missed
Victor Mieres
February 4, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
It was a good memory that we had business with you.

Yosuke Nakanishi
Former President&CEO
Hitachi Electronic Devices(U.S.A.)
Yosuke Nakanishi
November 27, 2017
John, you were one of a kind in the electronics industry it was a pleasure meeting you and working with you.
L Thomas Heiser
November 27, 2017
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any mans death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
November 11, 2017
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