John Friel passes away
John Friel of Bethlehem Steel, PGT and Temple University dies from complications due to a fall on ice
John Friel was well known to many of us a fixture at Microscopy and Microanalysis meetings and a contributor of many fine ideas while working with Princeton Gamma Tech and later Temple University. Along with Rick Mott, he developed innovative techniques for EDS spectrum processing, x-ray mapping and image processing including "position tagged x-ray spectrum imaging."
John J. Friel of Furlong died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. He was 70.
Raised in Germantown, Philadelphia by Hubert J. and Beatrice Doohan Friel, he attended St. Francis Elementary School, LaSalle High School and the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate and graduate education, earning a Ph.D. in Geology.
John worked as a materials scientist for Bethlehem Steel and Princeton Gamma Tech before teaching geology at Temple University.
He was a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy Reserve, having served in Vietnam.
John was a proud member of British Officers' Club of Philadelphia, Civil Air Patrol Squadron 907, Microscopy Society of America, Microbeam Analysis Society, American Society for Testing & Materials International, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Doylestown Pilots Association.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his children, Joseph (Beth), Kathleen (Seth), Christine and (Rev.) David, as well as his grandchildren, Abigail, Michael and Daniel.
John's funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 23, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's name may be made to Father of St. Edmund Southern Missions, 1428 Broad St., Selma, AL 36701-4300.Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home,