Dr. John Woolcock, professor of Chemistry, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at his home after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
John, 57, joined the IUP faculty in 1984, after receiving his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of California Riverside.
He served as the department chairman from 2005–2011. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 2000 and the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Chemistry Department in 2012.
In addition to his scholarly activities, which included 12 publications, numerous presentations, and over $420,000 in external research grants, John was heavily engaged in the university’s Reflective Practice Project and served as the codirector of the Center for Teaching Excellence. In 2012, he was honored with a plaque for his service to the Center, and the John Woolcock Teacher/Scholar Award for Reflective Practice was established (see the video above). The award will be granted annually to a faculty member in any discipline for their contributions towards teaching and scholarship at IUP.
John is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Sara and Lindsey; his mother, Florence; and his siblings, James, Nancy, and June.
Please read the university announcement of his passing.
Department of Chemistry