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John J. Karakash
[FIFTH Edition]
Morning Call - Allentown, Pa.
Author: The Morning Call
Date: Mar 28, 2006
Start Page: B.7
Section: LOCAL
Abstract (Document Summary)

John J. Karakash, educator, humanitarian and athlete died Wednesday, March 22. A distinguished professor and Dean Emeritus of engineering at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, he was also internationally recognized for focusing attention on citizenship, foreign affairs and ethics in public policy. Many recent editorial page contributions on these issues were published in the Allentown based Morning Call. Born in Turkey June 14, 1914 of Greek parents, he entered the U.S. with an athletic scholarship after winning the 1935 Balkan nations Olympic Games javelin event. He earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Duke in 1937, and entered the University of Pennsylvania as a Moore Fellow, completing a Master of Science degree in 1938. He taught briefly at Park College outside Kansas City and served as education director at American Television Laboratories in Chicago. He helped improve and train military staff in the use of defense equipment including radar, later joining the team developing ENIAC, recognized as the first electronic computer.

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