John William Schindler Obituary

John William Schindler
October 6, 1948 – November 12, 2020
San Diego

JOHN WILLIAM SCHINDLER, PH.D., P.E. passed away in San Diego, California on November 12, 2020. Jack was born on 6th October, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from St. Charles Parochial School (’62), St. Ignatius High School (’66), and received his BS in Engineering Science (’70) and M.S.C. in Chemistry (’72) from Cleveland State University. Jack took post-graduate classes from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, while working for PPG, Pittsburgh Plate and Glass. He then traveled to Los Angeles, California to do his doctoral work in Chemistry at USC ’80 (Ph.D.), followed by two years as NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCLA. Jack taught at the University of San Diego, followed by an ONT-ASEE Research Fellowship for the Naval Oceans Research Center before beginning what turned out to be his lifelong work in Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy for the San Diego Air Pollution Control Agency. He authored/co-authored over 15 research papers. Upon retirement, Jack originated and consulted under the Mayer-Spisak Engineering Sciences signature. Jack is survived by siblings: Richard J. (Anita), Reverend Paul E., Sister Elaine C., HM, Donna J. Brady (Thomas, dec.), and James R. (Joyce); 13 nephews and nieces; and 17 grand nephews and nieces. Jack was preceded to the Lord by his father, Robert William, mother, Josephine Florence, nee Janko, brother, Lawrence Thomas, and sister, Anita Louise. As a loving son, brother, and uncle, Jack regularly visited his family back East. He also shared a special relationship with Donna and Tom’s “California sun” family on the West coast. Living most of his life in Pacific Beach, Jack enjoyed the natural, historical, and naval background of the area. He played in a co-ed softball league and was a committed follower of the San Diego Padres. As a proud and faithful member of the San Diego Section American Chemical Society, Jack served a term as Chair, led and was active on numerous committees, and participated in its many activities. He happily represented San Diego’s ACS as delegate to the National Conventions many times over the years. Jack was a Parishioner of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Pacific Beach.A funeral service of Christian Burial will be held at a future date and Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. To offer condolences visit

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 10, 2021.