Dr. John K. Matolyak

December 31, 2019


(80) of Indiana, PA passed away December 31, 2019.  Born on Monday, June 26, 1939 at home in Johnstown, PA the fourth child of Anthony Jr. and Anna (Radak) Matolyak. Proceeded in death by parents. Survived by former wife Helen (Sida), sons Dmitri, Indiana, PA, Alexander, married to the former Jill Landis, Mechanicsburg, PA, grandsons Benjamin and Nicholas Matolyak, sisters Virginia (Lou) Bridgeton, NJ, Maryann (Jim) Harrrisburg, PA, brothers Robert (Doris), Cleveland, OH, William, San Jose, CA. Also survived by nieces, a nephew and many cousins. John graduated in 1957 from Johnstown H.S., in 1963 from St Francis (PA) College with majors in mathematics and physics, earned an M.S. from The U of Toledo in 1966 and took a Ph.D. in Physics from West Virginia U. in 1975. Dr. Matolyak did physics research at several large laboratories; Union Carbide Labs (Parma,OH), NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electro-Optics Lab in Fort Belvoir, VA. His specialty was solid state magnetism. Dr. Matolyak taught graduate and undergraduate physics and mathematics at several universities (St. Francis, Toledo U., IUP) and directed graduate physics research and M.S. theses at IUP.  He was the co-author of the physics textbook; Essential Physics  and had research papers published in refereed professional journals. John retired as Emeritus Professor of Physics from Indiana University of PA in 2003.  His avocation was the study of history.     

Although Dr. Matolyak was proud of his Russian ancestry and of being the grandson of ethnic Russian immigrants, he was more proud of being an American. John deplored the more recent attacks on traditional American culture, our English language, and attempts to abuse American kindness and generosity. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Black Lick, PA and Christ the Savior Cathedral in Johnstown; the American Physical Society; American Association of Physics Teachers; Gun Owners of America; the First Russian American Federation; and the AM-SLO Club. Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Friday at Moskal-Reid Funeral Home where the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Robert Buczak will hold Panachida Service at 7 PM Friday.  Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday at Christ the Savior Cathedral.  Entombment will be at Grandview Mausoleum.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church or Christ the Savior Cathedral.

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Funeral Service
January 4, 2020

10:00 AM
Christ the Saviour Cathedral
300 Garfield St
Johnstown, PA 15906

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