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In Memorium – John (Jack) Neuhardt

He was born Nov. 16, 1930 in Flint, MI. to John and Lois (Carlisle) Neuhardt. He met the love of his life, Marion (Watson) Neuhardt in Presque Isle, ME while serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S.A.F. in 1954 and married May 20, 1955. Jack received B.A. in Math in 1956, Masters in Math in 1958, Masters in Industrial Engineering in 1965 and PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1967 from the University of Michigan. He moved to Columbus, OH and became Professor, and soon after Professor Emeritus, of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Ohio St. University from 1967 to 1997 just prior to Marion’s passing in 1998. He then moved to Mission Viejo, CA to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren.

Jack was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved playing the piano for others, watching the Detroit Lions and Tigers and watching Ohio State University football and basketball. He is survived by three children, David (Sherry) of Mansfield, OH, Lori (Richard) Salazar and Jacki Lancina of Mission Viejo, CA and six grandchildren, Tarkenton Neuhardt, Rebecca (Mike) Sianez, Renee Schultz, Zachary, Connor and Jaxson Lancina. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Lois and his wife Marion.

An Ohio State University faculty member since since 1967, he belonged to the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, the American Statistical Association, and the Operations Research Society of America. He authored 20 publications and was a consultant for the American Gas Association, Nationwide Insurance Company and IBM.

Although a professor at Ohio State University (teaching was his FIRST love, research second) he received 4 degrees through the University of Michigan:
Bachelor’s in Math in 1956, Masters in Math in 1958, Masters in Industrial Engineering in 1965 and Doctorate in Industrial Engineering in 1967.
He was honored by the Dean of the Univ. of Michigan in 1965, with an “Outstanding Achievement Award” (chosen by the faculty).

Everyone who knew him say “he was a nice man” always smiling no matter what shape he was in and a “very colorful man”. Some said he was a “genius” (and modest). He was a great teacher who everybody looked up to and respected and a WONDERFUL grandfather, father, husband and brother-in-law!