Paleonet: John Pojeta

Kelley, Patricia kelleyp at uncw.edu
Fri Jul 21 20:14:52 GMT 2017


It is with great sadness that I report the death of John Pojeta to his colleagues. John will be long remembered and greatly missed!

Mary Lou Pojeta asked me to post the following on PaleoNet.
Dr. John Pojeta, Jr. passed away on July 6th, 2017 at Casey House, Rockville, Maryland. John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou, his daughter Kim (TJ Oakes), son John (Christine Linn), brother Martin (Linda Pojeta), niece Lee Ann Selkowitz (Eric Selkowitz), plus six grand-children and two great-grand-children.
John is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he founded a life-long domestic and professional partnership with Mary Lou. After graduation, he was appointed to the U.S. Geological Survey and served as geologist, paleontologist, and eventually Branch Chief through a rich and distinguished career. Since retirement in 1994, he remained active as Scientist Emeritus with the U.S.G.S. and a Research Associate of the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History.
John's career focus was Ordovician and Cambrian mollusks. He will be remembered for outstanding teamwork on fossils from Kentucky, Australia, and Antarctica as well as many other parts of the world. He was a career-long member and enthusiastic supporter of numerous professional organizations, but especially of the Paleontological Research Institution and the Paleontological Society. His and Mary Lou's contributions are celebrated by the Pojeta Award (paleosoc.org/grants-and-awards/pojeta-award<https://paleosoc.org/grants-and-awards/pojeta-award>), which commemorates their indefatigable and splendidly cheerful service to the Paleontological Society and its members over several decades.
A celebration of John Pojeta's life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Casey House hospice, Rockville, MD, the Paleontological Research Institution, or to the Paleontological Society.


Dr. Patricia H. Kelley
Professor Emerita of Geology
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Willmington
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
kelleyp at uncw.edu<mailto:kelleyp at uncw.edu>


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