Obituary of John Joseph O'Dwyer
John J. O' Dwyer 94, died peacefully on March 10th, 2020 at Falcons Landing in Sterling VA
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 had many hobbies and especially enjoyed woodworking and painting.
He is predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Anneita, and his two brothers Michael and Joseph. He is survived by John (Sally) & family of CO, Mary Truhlar (Rich) & family of NY, Anne Rentz (Tom) & family of CA, Luke & family of AZ, Helen Doherty (Dennis) & family of VA, and his sisters Margaret Polin and Sr. Ruth O'Dwyer. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Herndon VA, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private.
Contributions may be made to the charities of one's choice.