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Gregory Paul Puskar


Gregory Paul Puskar, 62, of Morgantown, passed away October 23, 2018 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. He was born July 11, 1956 in Mt. Pleasant, PA a son of the late Joseph A. Puskar and Mercedes Galley Puskar. Greg graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and WVU with a BS in Physics, an MBA, and was hired immediately by the Department of Physics and Astronomy where he remained for thirty nine years and eventually became the Academic Laboratory Manager for the department. He also was the owner of Envirocheck Inc., where he did environmental testing services. In 1984, he became a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and a life member in 2007 and served on the executive board as chairman of the section representatives and numerous committees.Greg received the Distinguished Service Citation Award in 2006 and was named a Fellow in the association in 2014. He worked passionately to promote effective, safe, and well managed physics laboratory programs and his advice and knowledge was sought by many in the organization. Greg was a founding member of the Moutaineer Chapter of BNI in 2004 and remained an important figurehead until his passing. In his private time, he was an avid reader, enjoyed the New York Times crossword puzzles, collected stamps, liked traveling and following sports, and always had a thirst for learning. He was a member of the St. Marys Roman Catholic Church, Star City, WV. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Zubal Puskar, brother in law, John Zubal, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends and colleagues. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 11-1 p.m. with a memorial celebration of life at 1:00 p.m. at Dering-Henson Funeral Home, 156 Foundry St., Morgantown, WV with Fr. Gary Naegele as celebrant. Donations may be made in Gregs memory at www.aapt.org or AAPT, 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park , MD 20740 Condolences online at www.dering-henson.com Caring services are provided by Dering-Henson Funeral Home.

Gregory passed on October 23, 2018

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.in the funeral home chapel.


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"Greg: I love you."
From Sherry on November 15, 2018
"So sad for this loss He was an honest humble guy. We were good friends. "
From Mohammad on November 16, 2018
"Dear Greg, I am sorry for your leaving and flying toward the other world. I do believe you no longer suffer any pain there because you are already healed by the God. Ian will miss you. Farewell"
From Ian Huang on November 16, 2018
"My dear friend my heart is breaking for you. I want you to know that my time in Morgantown was so special because of you and Greg. You made Bill and I feel welcomed and loved and you both showed us how to really learn to love each other with all of your heart."
From Sherry on November 18, 2018
"Sorry we could not attend Greg's service. I cannot tell you how much he will be missed. I was looking forward to working with him for years to come. He was one of the reasons Gay and I moved to WV. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you."
From John and Gay Stewart on November 19, 2018
"I am so sorry for your loss, Sherry. Greg was one of the kindest people I have ever known. Peace to you and the rest of your family. Siegfried"
From Siegfried Bleher on November 19, 2018
"Greg was a great friend to all of us in West Virginia who call ourselves physicists. He represented us superbly on the national level at the American Association of Physics Teachers. Whenever we had state physics meetings at West Virginia University, Greg was a gracious host. He loved physics and he loved working with the undergraduates and graduate students at WVU. And, he was always a very cheerful person who was always a most interesting person to simply have a good conversation with. He represents a terrible loss to our small community in West Virginia but still improved our lot by his many years of devoted service. We all thank him from the depths of our heart for his many years of selfless and wonderful service. Thank you, Greg, for being such a fine friend to all of us."
From Joseph E. Wiest, Ph.D. on November 19, 2018
"Greg was a great friend to all of us in West Virginia who call ourselves physicists. He represented us superbly on the national level at the American Association of Physics Teachers. Whenever we had state physics meetings at West Virginia University, Greg was a gracious host. He loved physics and he loved working with the undergraduates and graduate students at WVU. And, he was always a very cheerful person who was always a most interesting person to simply have a good conversation with. He represents a terrible loss to our small community in West Virginia but still improved our lot by his many years of devoted service. We all thank him from the depths of our heart for his many years of selfless and wonderful service. Thank you, Greg, for being such a fine friend to all of us."
From Joseph E. Wiest, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, West Virginia Wesleyan College on November 19, 2018
"Sorry to hear about Greg's passing. I have known Gregory through the AAPT. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends. "
From Dr. Mohamed Youssef on November 19, 2018
"Our condolences to the family. Greg was a very important part of AAPT. He will be missed by many. "
From Jack Hehn on November 19, 2018
"We are so sad for this untimely loss. Greg will be very much missed. "
From Mohindar Seehra on November 20, 2018
"Sherry, Am really sorry for your loss. May you get strength at this moment of sorrow and may Greg’s soul rest in perfect peace!"
From Lawrence on November 20, 2018
"Sherry, Am really sorry for your loss. May you get strength at this moment of sorrow and may Greg’s soul rest in perfect peace!"
From Lawrence on November 20, 2018
"Sherry, Am really sorry for your loss. May you get strength at this moment of sorrow and may Greg’s soul rest in perfect peace!"
From Lawrence on November 20, 2018
"Sherry, Am really sorry for your loss. May you get strength at this moment of sorrow and may Greg’s soul rest in perfect peace!"
From Lawrence on November 20, 2018
"All of my love to you. You are always in my heart. ❤️"
From Sherry on November 22, 2018
"Greg: As the days go by, I miss you more. I love you."
From Sherry on November 25, 2018
"Greg: My heart is always with you. ❤️"
From Sherry on December 4, 2018
"Greg is already sorely missed by all his compatriots in AAPT. He was a fine gentleman and scholar and a great friend to all of us who knew him and physics. I'll lift a glass to you a the next meeting, my friend."
From Dave/RU on December 7, 2018


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