PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - John N. Pike of Pleasantville died March 22. He was 85.
Pike was born Feb. 13, 1929, in Boston, to Arthur T. and Sarah N. Pike, but raised in Ridgefield Park and Upper Montclair, N.J. His high school years were at the then College H.S. at Montclair State Teachers College.
At Princeton he majored in physics, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and going on to earn a Ph.D. in Physics and Optics at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester (1958). While still writing his thesis, he joined the National Carbon division of Union Carbide at Parma, Ohio. After his marriage, he was transferred to Carbide's new corporate research center in Elmsford, from which he retired as a senior scientist in 1985. He formed J.J. Pike & Co., Inc., and for 20 years consulted, published and patented optical instrument developments for a variety of clients.
Pike and his wife were volunteers over the past half century with several Westchester agencies: fund-raising, chairing or on the boards of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, the Chappaqua Orchestra, the Mental Health Association of Westchester and most recently the Volunteers Association for Bangladesh, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in Bangladesh through education.
Pike is survived by his daughters, Sally K. Pike of Pawling and Susan H. Pike of Rollinsford, N.H.;, four grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary F. Horner of New York City; and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaretta.
Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. April 26 at the Beecher Flooks Funeral Home. Interment of Pike's ashes and placement of a memorial stone will take place privately at the Pike family's 150-year-old burial plots in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, Mass., at a later date.
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