After graduating from Blakely High School (Peckville, PA) in 1955, John enrolled in the University of Scranton as a commuting student. He initially studied electronics then switched to physics.  He graduated with a BS degree in Physics in 1959.

UofS03973John demonstrating a pulse height analyzer to a fellow student at the University of Scranton.


UofSPhysicsClub1The executive committee of the Physics Club at the University of Scranton


After graduating he was accepted for studies in Nuclear Physics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He graduated with an MS degree in physics in 1961.MSThesisExperiment2

John at the controls of the electron accelerator located at the GE facility in Milwaukee. The accelerator was used to study photo absorption for his MS thesis at Marquette.


John making adjustments to the target chamber for the photo absorption experiment.


He  continued his graduate studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and graduated in 1965 with a PhD degree in Nuclear Physics.



John making adjustments at the experimental data collection room.



John making adjustments to detectors located at an experimental end station of the 5-MV Van de Graaff particle accelerator facility .

The data collected was used for his PhD thesis using an O18(alpha,n)Ne21 reaction to study excited states in Ne21.