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John J. "Jack" O'Donnell
November 04, 2022


John J. "Jack" O'Donnell, PhD, age 88, of Wayland died November 4, 2022 after a period of declining health.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joanne, his brother Edward, his two daughters, Meagan McLean and Maura O'Donnell, and three grandchildren, Winston, Courtney and Maddie McLean. He is pre-deceased by his daughter Enid O'Donnell.
Jack was born in Jamaica Plain, was a proud graduate of Boston Latin School, class of 1951, received a BSEE from Northeastern University, class of 1956, and went on to earn a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
His professional career consisted of working at leading companies, including Sylvania, Bell Laboratories, Texas Instruments and Hewlett Packard. His work contributed to the advancement of several key communication technologies, particularly Digital Signal Processing.
After retirement, he enjoyed volunteering with the Town of Wayland, including the High School Building Committee, the local food pantry, Meals on Wheels, tutoring with the ESOL program and participating in the Sages and Seekers program.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 9th, at John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rt 30), Wayland from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Funeral Services will be held at Good Shepherd Parish at St. Ann Church, 134 Cochituate Road, Wayland on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N Main St., Ste. 104, Natick MA 01760.

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John C. Bryant Funeral Home
56 Pemberton Road
Wayland, MA 01778