John J. Cuny

July 23, 1933 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

John Cuny Obituary

John J. Cuny, Sr. passed away on December 20th, 2023.  He was born in New Jersey in 1933. He served 2 years on active duty in the U.S. Army and 3 years in the Air Force ROTC. He graduated from The Newark College of Engineering with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed the 2- year course in the Indiana University Executive Program. He was an active member of St. Charles Church for 27 years, and of St. Vincent de Paul Church for 18 years in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He served as a Eucharistic Minister in both churches for over 25 years. He served as a Eucharistic Minister for the sick, working in The Pastoral Care Department at St. Joseph1s Hospital for 15 years.  He was a past president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  He and his wife, Rosann, were group leaders in one of the earliest  CFM Programs in California, 1965.  They were both active in CHRP and RCIA.

On May 14, 1960, he married the love and joy of his life, Rosann M. Fresco. They were married for 49 unforgettable years. They lived 1 year in New Jersey, 11 years in California, and 37 years in Indiana. During their 11 years in California, they and their young family, son, John, and daughter, Diane, traveled up and down the west coast spending time in all 9 of the National Parks. Their family favorites were Yosemite, Sequoia, and Mammoth Lakes. They also enjoyed the beaches at Laguna and Leo Carillo. He and Rosann enjoyed traveling. They traveled throughout the states, made 5 trips to Canada, and 6 trips to Europe. They loved the theater and music and attended great performances in NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago and Fort Wayne.

They were blessed with 4 wonderful grandchildren. John loved being the “Pop-Pop” to Danielle, Rachel, Weston & Sara. John worked 34 years in the Research and Development laboratories of the ITT Corporation. He started with ITT-FTL in Nutley, NJ in 1958.  In 1961, he transferred to the ITTIL in San Fernando, CA. He was given the responsibility for the design and development of a miniaturized, high performance, low light, image intensifier for the Army's Night Vision Program. The intensifier tube required had to use components of technologies that did not exist in 1961. The development of the remote, in vacuum, tube, processing techniques were also required. It took 6 years to develop a tube that would meet military specifications. In 1968 he wrote a proposal to the Army's Night Vision Laboratory, NVL, for a development program to make channel intensifier tubes to be used in the first Night Vision Goggle Systems. ITT was awarded the $5 million dollar contract. He was made the Program Manager.  In 1968, he was promoted to Executive Engineer.  In 1970, he was ordered to transfer to the Night Vision Goggle Program to the ITT-EOPD Tube Production Facility in Roanoke, VA. ITT continued to make Night Vision Goggle Systems in Roanoke for more than 32 years. In 1971, ITT closed the successful Advanced Electro Optical laboratory, AEOL, in San Fernando,. CA. He transferred to the ITT Tube and Sensor Laboratories in Fort Wayne, IN at the end of 1971. No Gen. II Channel Intensifier Tubes, CIT had been made at the Fort Wayne facility as of 1972.

As manager of Image Tubes at Fort Wayne, he continued to design and develop special purpose image intensifier tubes for NASA, Los Alamos National laboratories, LANL, Lawrence Livermore, LLNI, Sandia labs, Mayo Clinic and many other facilities in the US and Europe. There were 9 channel intensifier tubes, CIT, made in the Tube and Sensor Labs at Fort Wayne on Space tab 1.

The NASA IUE Space Telescope used a special 40 mm intensifier tube made in Fort Wayne. The tube and system were still operating after 15 years in space.  In 1989 he was named a Technical Staff Fellow, the highest technical position within the ITT Division.

In 1991, ITT closed the Fort Wayne Laboratory.  After this, John started his own business as a technical consultant in Special Image Tubes technology.  He wrote, presented and published 8 technical papers related to channel intensifier tube technology.  He was awarded 3 patents.

John is survived by his son, John C. (Kay) Cuny, Jr., daughter, Diane E. (Tom) Bailey, Grandchildren Danielle (Steven) Suppi, Rachel (Nick) Vitale, Weston (Kaydee) Bailey, Sara (Jason) Greenwald, Great-Grandchildren, Logan & Charlotte Suppi & niece, Colleen (Gene) Wojna & their children Justin & Jessica.

He was predeceased in death by his beloved wife Rosann, daughter Paula Maria, parents, Joseph & Adeline Cuny, brother Robert Cuny, sister-in-law Barbara Cuny, niece, Kimberly Wisniewski, wife of Steve Wisniewski, mother of Mathew, Ashley and Tyler.

Service at the Drinkwine Family Mortuary in Littleton, Colorado.

Burial at the Catholic Cemetery next to his wife Rosann in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Memorials may be made to the St. Judes Children’s Hospital.

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