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John E. McKinney, 83: Army, WWII, Battle of Bulge vet, Bronze Star Purple Heart

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#1 WalkerBulldog



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Posted 17 February 2009 - 06:51 AM

From the Washington Post


John E. McKinney Physicist

John E. McKinney, 83, a physicist with what is now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, died Jan. 15 at George Washington University Hospital after a heart attack. He was a Bethesda resident.

Mr. McKinney joined the National Bureau of Standards' rubber section in 1950 and retired from the dental materials group in the polymers division in 1989. In 1983 he received a Commerce Department Bronze Medal for his work in developing a testing device to measure the durability of dental materials.

John Edward McKinney was born in Juniata, Pa., and in the late 1940s received a bachelor's degree in physics from Pennsylvania State University.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. His decorations included the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

He was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and a volunteer and past director of the Standards Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ursula Guttstadt McKinney of Bethesda; and a sister.

-- Lauren Wiseman

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