About John

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I am a Republican precinct chairman in Austin, Texas. I took early retirement from Motorola Semiconductor in 1998 where I was Director of the Center for Shared Resources and Innovation.

I was an active duty U. S. Marine from 1964 to 1967 during which time I got an all expenses paid, unguided tour of South Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.

After the Marine Corps I worked for Texas Nuclear Corp. in Austin. We built high voltage particle accelarators for various uses. After that I was a field engineer for Tracor. Between that job and giving papers at various scientific conferences while at Motorola, I have been to 32 countries, including Massachusetts. I am now a part-time teacher and maintainer of the Scanning Electron Microscope and the X-Ray Diffractometer for the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate and Post-Graduate school.

I graduated from Concordia Academy in Austin and attended the University of Texas with a major in Physics. I got far enough to go through a degree check but I didn’t finish. A major part of the reason for not finishing is that I returned to U.T. (TU for you Aggies) after I came back from VietNam. There was so much anti-war sentiment on campus at that time, that I let my hair grow and did whatever I could to hide the fact that I was a military veteran, let alone a war veteran. After a while, I could not take the derision and friction any longer and I quit pursuing my degree.

My wife, Lois, and I are the proud parents of two beautiful girls, Theresa and Rebecca. They are exceptional people and both teachers. Our son-in-law, Greg is a delight to all of us. He is a good cook and father to his children. He works for IBM in Austin.

Theresa and Greg are the parents of three of the cutest, smartest, most wonderful kids in the world, Geoffrey, Hannah and Andrew.

I enjoy hunting, fishing, golf, ham radio (call sign: K5EWR) and buying books.