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Dr. John Francis McAreavy

September 22, 1927 - November 23, 2018

Burial Date: November 29, 2018

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DR. JOHN FRANCIS McAREAVY
MUSCATINE, Iowa – John Francis McAreavy, 91, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018, at Windmill Manor, Coralville.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at St. Mathias Church. The Reverend Troy Richmond will officiate. Private burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish.

John Francis McAreavy was born to John Bernard and Kathryn McAreavy in Coggan, Iowa, on September22, 1927. He attended school in Parnell where his father was superintendent. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Cedar Rapids while his father served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. John attended Loras College on an athletic scholarship playing basketball for the Loras Duhawks, Iowa Conference Champions.

In 1946, John joined the U.S. Army stationed in Alaska. He was discharged as a Sargent earning the World War II Victory Medal. After the military, he attended the University of Iowa from which he was awarded a BA and MS in Mathematics and later a PhD in Management Science.

John was hired at Muscatine High School as a mathematics instructor, yearbook advisor and basketball coach. At Muscatine Junior College, he taught mathematics, coached baseball and basketball, clinching the Iowa State Junior College Basketball Championship title in 1955 and 1956.

In 1956, he accepted a position as a mathematician at the U.S. Army Management Engineering Agency at the Rock Island Arsenal. He served as director 1980-1989. While at the Agency, he conducted the Management Development Program in Japan, Panama, Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, Iran, France, Germany, Viet Nam and the United States. During this period, he held the post of adjunct professor at University of Iowa and St. Ambrose University.

In 1962 he was a delegate to the First Symposium on the Management of Advanced Technology at the Seattle World’s Fair. He was also a delegate to the First International Computer Conference at MIT. In 1970, he delivered a paper at the International Computer Conference in Amsterdam.

Upon retirement from federal service in 1989, he joined the University of Iowa Center of Computer Aided Design, College of Engineering as a consultant on the development of a proposal that was accepted by the US Department of Transportation resulting in the establishment of the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS).

During his professional career, he was a member of the American Management Association, American Psychology Association, Operation Research Society of America, and American Society for Quality Control. He was a member of St. Mathais Parish, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, and American Legion.

John was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-eight years, Joan, who passed in January 2018. They were married September 8, 1949. Papa John is survived by his twelve children: Susan Marie (Richard) Potthoff, Kathryn Anne (Thomas) McLaughlin, Mary Theresa (Roger) Eggenburg, Martha Louise (Timothy) Freemole, Brian James (Bonnie), John Louis (Amy), Joseph Matthew (Gigi), Thomas Edward (Michelle), Julie Ellen (Todd) Kisner, Amy Elizabeth (Timothy) Aylor, Douglas Patrick (Susan) and Molly Jayne (Bill) Schwarz, 31 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.