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Dr John Thomas “Johnny” Agnew

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Dr John Thomas “Johnny” Agnew

  • Birth 19 Nov 1918 Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 28 Aug 1969 Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot Sec 2 Row A Lot 86 Grave3
  • Memorial ID 49877769

John Thomas Agnew, born in Bloomington, IN, earned his degrees up to a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, then taught there for 24 years. He was beloved by many students from around the world. He transfered to Drexel Institute of Technology, now Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA, in 1966-67. When he passed away in 1969, he was Dean of Engineering, dying of an unexpected heart attack at the age of 50. He left behind 4 children, Dan, Carol, Susan and James, and a wife, Martha Marion Plantenga Agnew, who is now buried beside him.

As a father, he always gave of his time to us at home, while working on his papers and student work spread out across the dining room table. This required a sacrifice on his part, to work at home with multiple interruptions, rather than going into his office at the university. He also arranged a yearly vacation of 3 weeks or so, when we would travel out west together as a family, enjoying many scenic national parks and camping. His loss to us was irreplaceable and changed our lives forever.


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  • Maintained by: Carol Agnew Black
  • Originally Created by: Ruth Kay
  • Added: 18 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49877769
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John Thomas “Johnny” Agnew (19 Nov 1918–28 Aug 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49877769, citing Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Carol Agnew Black (contributor 47401386) .