John Figueras, 94, was born in Rochester, NY, and died July 4, 2019, in Brewster, MA. He is survived by his wife Joann Little (Israel) Figueras; three children, Richard, Julia, and John; grandchildren Ana, John, Isaac, Molly, and Maggie; sister Dolores Edwards; and Joann’s children, Christian, Todd, and Mary. John’s oldest child, Anita, died last month. He was previously married to Janet Hickman and Patricia McVeigh Figueras, deceased. John’s undergraduate work at the University of Rochester was interrupted by WWII, where he served in the Army and was active in both theaters before returning to graduate. He completed his formal education at the University of Illinois/Urbana Champaign with a PhD in Chemistry.
He had a 30-year career as a Research Chemist with Kodak in Rochester, NY, working in emulsion research, instant color photography, analytical science, and clinical chemistry. He was granted eight patents and published over 30 papers in chemical and computer applications.
John retired at age 58 and began a second career in teaching, first in Chemistry at the University of Rochester and later in Computer Science at SUNY Geneseo. There, he met his wife Joann, and they moved to Cape Cod in 1992. He continued to write and publish computer programs, enjoy classical music, travel—especially by motorhome or bicycle, and devour political news. He experimented with digital photography and had several shows at the Brewster Library. John never stopped learning; one of the books by his chair when he died was Neural Computing Theory and Practice, he was reading Lord Jim, and particularly enjoying a recent recording of the Goldberg Variations. He will be remembered as an intelligent, honest, and kind man who also liked corny jokes and bad puns.
Published by The Cape Codder from Jul. 17 to Jul. 26, 2019.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
We had the great pleasure to meet Joann and John in one of our RV camping trips and we were immediately struck by their incredible intellectual vivacity so much so that we made sure to enjoy their company during our subsequent motorhome trips to the United States. As a math undergraduate, honour list, I was astonished to see such a wide selection of specialized mathematical books in his library in their beautiful villa in Cape Cod. John´s famous software on the state of the art of chemical compounds was another manifestation of his brilliant mind. In our living room in Toronto, Canada, we continue to enjoy his presence with the two art-photos that John graciously donated to us. (See attached photo). Despite our silence, both of you, Joann and John, are always present to us and we want to express our gratitude to both of you because You made a difference in our lives and our spirit is with You, Joann, in this time of sorrow. With love Helen et Diego Nigro
Helen and Diego Nigro
September 13, 2021
Just heard of John's passing and send my sympathy to all the family. He lived a long and fulfilling life. Wishing you comfort in the days ahead. Carol Kleban