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December 8, 2021 at 8:12 am

University Mourns Chemistry Professor Emeritus John Blazyk

John Blazyk, portrait

Dr. John Blazyk

The Ohio University community mourns the loss of Dr. John F. Blazyk, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Known to his friends and family as Jack, he passed away at his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 73 from complications associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to his obituary.

Blazyk graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in chemistry and then completed a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Brown University. He and Janet Mabee married in 1972 and raised three daughters.

In 1975, Blazyk joined the faculty of Ohio University, where he taught undergraduate and medical biochemistry. Later in his career, he served as the Associate Dean for Research and Grants of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In 2004, Jack married Bonita Biegalke in Marietta, Ohio. Following retirement from Ohio University, Jack and Bonita relocated to Boise as founding faculty of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He loved sharing good wine and food, solving puzzles, and regaling those around him with groan-inducing puns and “Dad jokes.” He will be missed incredibly.

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