John Molusis ’68 (ENGR)

John Anthony Molusis, passed away on March 28, 2023. Born in Connecticut on May 5, 1944, John is best remembered for his independent nature, depth of intellectual curiosity and marked personal and professional accomplishments.

From designing, sourcing and building two hand hewn log homes, to his determination to experience the natural wonders of many of America’s National Parks and Forests, and his exploration as an audiophile and monochrome photography hobbyist, John was a truly unique spirit. He claimed a remarkable depth and diversity of personal discovery drawing on the insights of history’s greatest minds, studying psychology, philosophy and world religions extensively.

John’s brilliance in engineering earned him global recognition developing higher harmonic control algorithms still referenced in aerospace today, and translated into many foreign languages. With a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and an ‘honorary doctorate degree’, John made contributions to many of the best known aerospace companies in the world as well as NASA. He was instrumental in the development of then classified U.S. Government funded research and development projects that many credit as providing the foundation for later advancements in aerospace capabilities.

John’s intellectual journey led him to dedicate years of research into the intersections of artificial intelligence, human creative consciousness and consciousness. His book, entitled “The One Possibility”, comprising five volumes, was finalized in 2012, and is a work of extraordinary and wide ranging scientific, mathematical, and philosophical thought.

John enjoyed annual trout fishing excursions with his daughter. He exhibited great speed on the basketball court, sharing his talent and knowledge of the game as a coaching assistant for his daughter’s school team; a legacy of talent and speed that was passed on to both of his granddaughters. With the support and dedication of Claudia (Hockla), his vision and tenacity led the family to create a rural homestead from scratch, which included two Swedish cope style log homes (one of which he built as a solo venture), and serves as a monument to his creativity, determination, and skill. John’s unconventionality, quick wit, dry sense of humor, extremely diverse musical tastes, and love of this country’s special open spaces will continue to evoke fond memories.

John left a daughter and son in-law, Melissa (Molusis) and Christopher Coyle and granddaughters, Julia and Elise of Pomfret.

John reinvented his life numerous times, often choosing and embracing drastic change on his personal journey of self fulfillment, purpose and meaning. Wherever he was, and whatever his choices, he was, and will be, forever loved.

“I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as a plant and rose to animal, I died as an animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?” ― Rumi