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We are all saddened by the loss of one of our Fellow members, Mr. John Leipper.

John served as a US Navy Civil Servant in System Safety for almost 30 years with home station in San Diego area, but traveled all over supporting his calling in system safety.

He was a long-time member of the International System Safety Society (ISSS) and led many technical sessions, roundtables and tutorials at annual conferences and was the Conference Chair in 2005 in San Diego.

He retired a few years ago, but remained semi-active as a consultant and advisor.  John retired from the US Naval Reserve as a Master Chief Avionics Technician (E-9) and served on active duty in the late 1960s and early 1970s in F-8 Crusader squadrons aboard aircraft carriers as an aviation fire control specialist (AQ).

John was a character with his "raspy voice"...imitating a pirate...his trademark signal.  He was present in any system safety meeting and always ready to debate.   He was married and had a grown son who is an information systems engineer. John was also a leader in the Boy Scouts and served as an Eagle Project Coach for BSA Troup 777.

John will be missed by the members of the ISSS, the Washington DC Chapter and all who knew him well. 

"Fair Winds and Following Seas", John...