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Dr. John Eldon Breckenridge Pippin

Dr. John Eldon Breckenridge Pippin, son of the late Festus and Mary Elvie (Scott) Pippin, age 79, of Duluth, Georgia died July 13, 2007. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 11:00 am at the Norcross First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross. The family will receive friends Monday, July 16, 2007 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home. Dr. Pippin was a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Norcross, Briarean Society, American Physics Society, Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Eta Kappa Nu, was the retired Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of EMS Technologies, Inc. (formerly Electromagnetic Sciences, Inc.) in Technology Park, Norcross, Georgia. He was a U. S. Navy veteran serving from 1945 – 1946; he received his B.E.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1951, his M.S.E.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1953, and his Ph.D in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1958. He was a Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Experiment Station from 1951-1953, head of the Research Dept. at Sperry Microwave Electronics Co. in Clearwater, Florida, from 1958-1964, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida from 1962-1964 and V. P. Director of Research at Scientific Atlanta, Inc. from 1964-1968. He was a Fellow of the National Science Foundation, IEEE Fellow (Outstanding Engineer Region III in 1972 and the Engineer of the Year in 1972), Entrepreneur of the Year for the Engineers of Greater Atlanta in 1973, 1993 Inaugural Inductee in the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame, inducted into the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame in 1994, established the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair in Electromagnetics in 1997, was Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in 1998 and established the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair in Wireless Communications in 1998. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara Ann Pippin to which he was married, June 15, 1952 until her death, November 13, 2002. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John F. and Eleanor Pippin of Alpharetta, Georgia; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Carey Fisher of Duluth, Georgia and Chris and Gene Mobley of Bishop, Georgia; brother, Charles Packwood of DeLand, Florida; sister, Shirley Pippin McCall of Kissimmee, Florida; sister-in-law, Billie Jean Jennings of Valley, Alabama; grandchildren, John Gary Pippin, Stephanie Marie Pippin, Asheley Jean Franklin Croy (Bryan), Jennifer Lynn Mobley, Todd Mitchell Franklin, Jessica Nicole Mobley and Margie Anne Fisher; great grandchildren, Syrus Grant Mobley and Addison Anne Franklin. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Atlanta will be appreciated. Hospice Atlanta 1244 Park Vista Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30319 (404) 869-3000. Crowell Brothers Funeral Home, Norcross (770) 448-5757. Express online condolences at www.johnepippin.last-memories.com.