John's memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday May 15th at the Cathedral of St. Joseph 1218 Eoff Street Wheeling, West Virginia (corner of 13th and Eoff in downtown Wheeling). For those of you not familiar with Wheeling, it is about 60 miles or an hour or so from Pittsburgh.
John's funeral service was very moving. It was heartwarming to hear how many people's lives were touched by John's kindness, energy, and creativity. The man was a first rate scientist and a free spirit, and it's just a shame that Nebraska rejects free spirits like the human body rejects alien cells.
RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.