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John Jay Salasin ’63

John Jay Salasin ’63, March 26, 2011, in Rockville, Maryland, from a stroke. John attended Reed for a year and later earned a BS in zoology from George Washington University. He and Susan E. Crawford ’64 were married in Portland in 1964, and had two daughters. John continued his education at the University of Minnesota, where he earned an MS in neurophysiology and a PhD in computer and information science. During his career in information technology, he worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie-Mellon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. John was an expert in the field of Natural Language Understanding. In recognition for his outstanding work at the agency, he was presented with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2008. John is remembered for his dry wit and his enjoyment of photography and landscape gardening. Survivors include Susan, their two daughters, two grandchildren, and his beloved greyhound, Ginger.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2011

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