Paleonet: John Pojeta, thank you
lwingard at usgs.gov
Thu Jul 27 21:09:30 GMT 2017
Yes, thank you Tricia for posting the news of John Pojeta's passing.
Mary Lou also called to tell me the news. In my early years as a student
technician at the USGS I benefited greatly from being part of discussions
between John and Norm Sohl, listening to John and Ellis Yochelson debate
the origins of the mollusks, and many other fascinating discussions that I
was always included in. John's mentorship while I was a student continued
once I completed my PhD. It was John that hired me as a research geologist
for the USGS. I will forever be in his debt for shaping my career so
profoundly. Even as his health failed, he never tired of hearing what was
new, what was I working on.
Yes, John will be greatly missed.
On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 10:39 PM, Roger D. K. Thomas <roger.thomas at fandm.edu
> Dear Tricia,
> Many thanks both for sending me the sad news of John Pojeta’s death
> and attaching his obituary. Mary Lou called late this afternoon, and we
> had a long heart-to-heart chat. John and Mary Lou have been wonderful
> friends to me, personally and professionally, throughout my career. I will
> miss John greatly. I very much regret that he will not see the publication
> of our new evidence bearing on the nature and evolutionary relationships of *Pelagiella.
> *He was one of the first to hear of our discovery of preserved sets of
> chaetae, about which we talked many times.
> Warm regards, Roger
> On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:14 PM, Kelley, Patricia <kelleyp at uncw.edu>
>> 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-award
>> s/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
>> 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
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