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John Joseph Champa (K8OCL)
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JOHN JOSEPH CHAMPA, RICHARDSON, TX – John Joseph Champa, 66, of Richardson, TX a longtime telecommunications engineer and consultant, passed away Nov. 12, 2010. John was born in Columbus, OH on October 16, 1944 and was a major contributor to the telecommunications field and amateur radio community. He proudly served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, ‘67-71.
During his career beginning in the mid-‘70s until recently, John served as a safety and telecommunications engineer and in leadership and educational capacities for many corporations: Memorial U.S. Police Federal Protective Service, Nashville, TN, and Columbus, OH; Borden Corporation, Columbus; Buckeye Steel Castings, Columbus; Cooper Energy Services, Mount Vernon, OH; Good Year Atomic Corporation, Piketon, OH; Unisys Corporation, Detroit, MI; Unisys World Wide Videoconferencing, Detroit, MI; Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI; GM, Detroit, MI; Rockwell-Collins, Dallas, TX; Multimedia Communications Services, Plymouth, MI; Radio Amateur Satellite, Washington; Mem. International Teleconferencing Association; and Franklin University, Columbus, OH.
Most notably in the technical and scientific arena he was an inventor: Digital Video Switch, ‘92 and author: CD-ROM Unisys Multimedia, Videoconferencing Solutions; co-author: American National Standards Inst. (ANSI) Z241 Std.; and contributor to professional journal articles.
John was a graduate of Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, BA '74; Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, MA ‘75; Columbia Pacific University, San Rafael, CA, MS ‘85, PhD ‘86.
John was also a supporting member of a variety of technical organizations: National Association Radio and Telecommunication Engineers; Desktop Users Group; PictureTel Users Group; American Radio Relay League; Richardson Wireless Radio Club; and Rockwell-Collins Wireless Radio Club. He was also a supporting member of numerous hunting and conservancy organizations: National Rifle Association; National Arbor Day Foundation; Nature Conservancy, MI Chapter (Great Lakes Society); National Geographic Society; Michigan Bear Hunters Association; Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsman Association, MI; United Conservations Clubs, VFW (past, post commander, and trustee), and Safari Club International.
John’s passions and avocations included hunting, cartography, reading, and amateur radio. He had a special gift for learning technical information and was a visionary for the technological advancement of society. As a hunter, he traveled to many parts of the world and co-existed with local cultures during his safaris, most notably in South Africa. He had a deep respect, love, and reverence for nature and animals.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Lynn Feder (m. September 27, 2002); the mother of his children, Lendel Pauline Sloan; four children, Lea Kuhn (Cindy Wrobbel) of IL, Susan (Ken) Muscat of MI, Rebecca (Bryan) McLaughlin of TX, and Patrick (Christine) Champa of MI; two stepchildren, Jae Jae and Jeremy Spoon; seven grandchildren, Brighid and Sean Kuhn, Nicholas and Anthony Muscat, and Patrick, Kaitlin, and Chloe McLaughlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio John and Helen Catherine (née Izzie) Champa; and two sisters, Joan Ring and Fay Stinnett.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Richardson Wireless Klub
P.O. Box 830232
Richardson, TX 75083-0232
John was also a life member of the ARRL AND AMSAT-NA. He was chairman of the ARRL High Speed Multi Media (HSMM) committee of the ARRL. He was a pleasant gentleman and a real kind man. He was alos a member of The QCWA and has numerous inventions to his credit. Rest in Peace Dr John!
Contributed by: Tony R Spiegel (KC8UR)
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