Elected in 1975
“For contributions to the technical literature and to the development of
modern science and technology of non-metallic materials.”
BY DOUGLAS W. FUERSTENAU
JOSEPH ADAM PASK, emeritus professor of ceramic engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, died peacefully in his sleep on June 14, 2003, at the Brentwood residence of a home health care nurse. He had been moved there from his home in Berkeley a week earlier after his wife of 65 years, Margaret, suffered a heart attack.
Pask was born February 14, 1913, in Chicago to Adam and Catherine Poskoczem. After changing his name to Pask at the suggestion of a high school teacher, he entered the University of Illinois, where he received a B.S. degree in ceramic engineering in 1934. He obtained a master’s degree in 1935 from the University of Washington and completed a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering at the University of Illinois in 1941. From 1941 to 1943 he served as an assistant professor in ceramic engineering at the University of Washington, where he broadened his research experience through a concurrent appointment as associate engineer in the Northwest Experiment Station of the U.S. Bureau of Mines. There he furthered his interest in clays and their properties as a ceramic raw material. Subsequently, he obtained valuable industrial experience and a reputation for research achievement as a research ceramist and research section engineer in the Lamp Division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, in Bloomfield, New Jersey, which led