John E. Kelley ’74 died on February 5, 2018, in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
(The following was published in The Boston Globe, February 8-9, 2018:)
Kelley, John Edward, of North Chelmsford, passed away on February 5, 2018, after a several months long illness. He was predeceased by his much-loved wife Prudy and his step-daughter Ann Mary McKinney. He is survived by his step-son Fritz Hubacher; and by his sisters Susan Raftice and her husband Robert, of Scarborough, Maine, Jean M. Kelley and her daughter Oksana of Chestnut Hill, MA, and Kathleen A. Kelley and her daughter Lauren of Norwood, MA. John is also survived by his many other nieces, nephews and cousins. John was quietly brilliant, taking the top prize in mathematics at Bowdoin in 1974. For many years John worked as a mathematician/software engineer for contractors working with the Department of Defense, traveling frequently to Germany and South Korea. He truly loved his work and his co-workers. Every summer he and his brother Michael rented a house overlooking the marshes at Higgins Beach in Maine. We lost Michael last year, and John greatly missed him. This past summer John rented the house a last time in remembrance of Michael and the time they had spent together.