John MacPhee
Raymond Funeral Home in Historic Norwalk
5 E Wall St
Norwalk, CT
John MacPhee
John MacPhee, a resident of Rowayton for 59 years, and of Norwalk for the past three years, passed away on December 1, 2017, after a long illness.
John was born in Port Chester, New York in 1928, and served in the U.S. Navy for two years.
He was an engineer with a career in research and development that spanned over 50 years. For the last 25 years of his career he worked for Baldwin Technology, first as Vice President of Engineering, then as Vice President, Research and Technology, and then as Senior Scientist.
During his tenure at Baldwin, he co-invented two of Baldwin's most successful products: the cloth/pressure-pad type of automatic blanket cleaner and the Delta Dampener. He also carried out many research programs that led to a better understanding of the lithographic process. With the encouragement and cooperation of Baldwin, this newly gained knowledge was shared with the industry through the publication of over 50 articles and papers on various aspects of lithographic technology, including the book, Fundamentals of Lithographic Printing.
Earlier in his career, John made an important contribution to the understanding of deep-drawing, a metalworking process, by developing and publishing a rationale for sizing the tooling used in redrawing. He also worked in the field of industrial robots for almost five years, and as a nuclear engineer/reactor physicist for thirteen years.
His career was marked by over 20 inventions in the nuclear, industrial, robot and graphic arts industries that have been the subject of over 100 patents worldwide.
John was first trained as an electronics technician in the US Navy where he was honorably discharged with the rank of Petty Officer, First Class. In 1952, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor of electrical engineering degree. He was also trained as a nuclear engineer as a result of completing the program at Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology in 1954, after which he worked for Electric Boat on the construction of the U.S.S. Nautilus, the first U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine. He was particularly proud that he was on board the Nautilus during its first sea trial and when the reactor was brought to full power. In addition, he subsequently completed six graduate courses in servo technology and materials science and then obtained a master's degree in business policy from Columbia University in 1983.
John's contributions to the graphic arts industry were recognized by three awards: The TAGA Honors Award from the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts; the Robert F. Reed Award for Technical Achievement from the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation; and the Craftman's Award, from the National Association of Printers and Lithographers.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Hadden MacPhee, his children, Jeanne, David and Scott, grandchildren Eleanor and Jonathan, and nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial gathering of friends and family on December 16, at 2:00 p.m., with remarks and remembrances at 2:30 p.m., at the Rowayton Methodist Church, 5 Pennoyer St., Rowayton, Connecticut.
Burial will be private; arrangements by Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home. Please visit for more information.

Published by The Hour on Dec. 8, 2017.
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Scott and David- Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We were lucky to grow up in Rowayton. Be thankful that you had as many decades with your father as you did. Peace, Mark Lund
Mark Lund
December 15, 2017
Betty, David, Jeanne and Scott. So sorry to hear of John's passing. A wonderful man, neighbor and friend. Our thoughts are with you.
Ward & Stephanie DeKlyn
Fort Myers, Fl
December 11, 2017
We we're deeply saddened by the news of John's passing. He will be missed by his longtime friends and neighbors at 3 Nylked Ter; Joan, Carl & Clare. Carl says John is now sitting on the big deck in the sky enjoying great conversations with Herm. Peace and condolences to your family from ours.
Clare Schoenwald
December 9, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Laurie Mutdosch
December 8, 2017
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