It is with the deepest regret that we announce the passing of a much loved friend and mentor after a long and courageous battle with illness.
John was a pivotal member of LA Tech 4955, acting as a mentor and friend to a wide range of students since he joined us in 2016. John had a vast store of knowledge and experience from his long career with Bell Helicopters where he worked as a senior metallurgist, and he was happy to share this with any students willing to learn from him.
As our drive team coach John was an integral part of all our adventures at FRC competitions, his insights and analytical thinking allowing our drivers and human players to perform well beyond expectations on many occasions. More importantly John was a warm and kind human being who always looked out for the students in his charge , he really took to heart our team philosophy of “it’s not about the robot”.
Thank you John, we will miss you.