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John Ege, Scientist, GE Executive

Longtime Westporter John Ege, a Harvard graduate and scientist, died Oct. 1 at age 94. To help pay his way through college, Ege took a year off from school and traveled the country as an entertainer with the World of Mirth Circus.

In 1939, Ege graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Shortly after graduation, Ege served the Navy in a Harvard-affiliated program to oversee construction of battleships and destroyers. After the war,[breakhere] Ege returned to Harvard and earned a master's degree in 1946.

He was selected to oversee safety at the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago whose scientists included members of the Manhattan Project , the creators of the first atomic bomb.

In 1971, Ege joined General Electric Corp. and was eventually promoted to the company's corporate headquarters in Fairfield.

During his career at GE, Ege's responsibilities, in addition to worker safety, included general environmental protection across GE's plants worldwide. He retired in 1984.

Ege wrote technical publications on plant safety. He also held a patent on detecting hazardous compounds in the atmosphere and was a member of several professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society, the board of directors of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Health Physics Society. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and elected to the Harvard chapter of Delta Omega, an honorary scholastic public health society.

He is survived by his wife Mary and his three sons, Stephen, Frederick and John.

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