John J. O’Dwyer, 94, died peacefully on March 10, 2020 at the Falcons Landing Retirement Center in Sterling, Virginia.
John was a native of Australia where he earned undergraduate degrees at Sydney University. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Liverpool, England under the theoretical physicist Herbert Frolich, Ph.D. John returned to Australia and worked at CSRIO where he established himself as an international authority on dielectric breakdown.
He then moved into teaching at the University of NSW. After a sabbatical at Westinghouse Labs in Pittsburgh, he took a professional position at Southern Illinois University and then moved to a position as a faculty member and chair of the physics department at the State University of New York at Oswego. He wrote, “The Theory of Electrical Conduction and Breakdown in Solid Dielectrics” published by Oxford Press. He also wrote two college physics textbooks. John also had many hobbies and especially enjoyed woodworking and painting.
He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Anneita, and his two brothers, Michael and Joseph.
He is survived by John (Sally) and family of Colorado, Mary Truhlar (Rich) and family of New York, Anne Rentz (Tom) and family of California, Luke and family of Arizona, Helen Doherty (Dennis) and family of Virginia; and his sisters, Margaret Polin and Sr. Ruth O’Dwyer. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St Joseph Catholic Church in Herndon, Virginia, on March 17, 2020.
Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s own choice.