EMC Society Founder Passes: John J. O’Neil 1914-2007

John J. O’Neil, IEEE Senior Member, Founder and a Past President of its Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society, died Saturday,
July 7, at home in Manalapan, New Jersey. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he graduated from Laurence Institute of Technology, worked at the Ford Motor Company and moved to New Jersey after World War II. John joined the Civil Service as an Electrical Engineer working at the US Army Signal Corps, Engineering Laboratories, at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
Assigned to the Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) Suppression Group, he later became its Chief for the next 30 years. John made many significant contributions to EMC and to the EMC Society; namely, ignition suppression component designs, New Jersey EMC Chapter Chairman several times, and IEEE International Symposium on EMC Chairman. John was a great leader of the 12 engineers of the RFI Group that included me. He was my first EMC mentor for seven years and throughout my EMC career provided me wise counsel.
At our recent golden jubilee celebration during the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Honolulu, Hawaii, John’s photograph, biography and accomplishments were posted in the EMC Museum. Many persons asked about John and those who knew John missed him, his wife Dora and his great Irish smile. EMC

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