John F. "Ski" Stanislawski

After a long illness, John F. "Ski" Stanislawski died recently in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 70. A celebration of Skiís life will be held at a later date.

Born, raised and educated in Buffalo, N.Y., Ski graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He joined the U.S. Navy and, as a Navy pilot with the rank of lieutenant, flew as patrol plane commander and weather pilot. Later, as a flight instructor he was the most requested instructor in his squadron.

Following his Navy career, John became an aerospace engineer and significantly contributed to the Apollo Program. Designing equipment that kept astronauts alive after a Lunar Lander failure, he was recognized by NASA with the medal of appreciation. He continued his engineering career in nuclear submarines in Mystic, Conn. With his loving, caring wife, Gay (nee Rost) Stanislawski, Ski also resided over the years in California, Virginia, Wisconsin and Florida.

Ski is survived by his wife Gay (nee Rost) Stanislawski; mother Frances; brother Richard; sister Joan Wasielewski (all of Buffalo, N.Y.).

Skiís brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews, will all miss him deeply as a smart, kind and witty man who loved his wife and life itself.

Memorial donations to WiCell Research Institute, PO Box 7365, Madison, WI 53707 will be appreciated.