Monday’s Scholarship of the Week is the George R. Jasny Memorial Scholarship.
George R. Jasny escaped Nazi occupation of his native Belgium during World War II and later became an internationally recognized engineer in the Cold War. He was well known as a dedicated family man and civic leader.
He was vice president of Martin Marietta Energy Systems and directed major expansion of plants in Oak Ridge used in the production of enriched uranium fuel. He contributed to the design and construction of several energy research projects at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
He was a 1952 chemical engineering graduate of Massachusetts Institution of Technology, and his training advanced the processes and facilities for the production of special materials and components used in nuclear and thermonuclear weapons.
His scientific publications included a paper on “Nuclear Materials Management” given to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria in 1966. He served on advisory committees to the Congressional Office of Technology and Assessment and the National Research Council, and as a member of the Fusion Advisory Committee, an international commission to which he was appointed by the Department of Energy after his retirement in 1989.
Among his many professional honors, he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as well as the American Society for Engineering Management. Additionally, he was presented the Wilson Award in Nuclear Chemical Engineering in 1995, and the National Society of Professional Engineers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advancement of the Engineering Profession in 1979.
Mr. Jasny demonstrated the same kind of passion, dedication and commitment in his civic endeavors as he did in his professional career. They ranged from a 28 year stint as a commissioner of the Oak Ridge Utility District, all but four of which he served as chairman, to being an adult Sunday school teacher at the United Church Chapel on the Hill for more than 30 years. He was a a member of the Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board, a member of the Melton Hill Regional Industrial Association, Chairman of the Board of the Methodist Medical Foundation, a board member and fundraiser for the Pellissippi State Technical Community College Foundation and a Rotarian for almost 35 years.
He was born June 6, 1924, in Katowice, Poland and attended the Royal College at Thuin, Belgium as a high school student before coming to the United States in 1941. He served as a U.S. “Seabee” in the Pacific Theater of Operations during 1943-46 where he also participated in the invasion of Okinawa, Japan.
Mr. Jasny came to Oak Ridge as part of his MIT graduate work and married Gloria Jane Pruitt Jones in 1951. They had two children and two grandchildren. Gloria passed away in January of 1998.
George married Martha “Marty” Vogeler Adler of Oak Ridge in 1999. Upon George’s passing in 2001, the Pellissippi State Foundation George R. Jasny Memorial Scholarship was established through private memorial contributions and the support of the Adler family.
To be considered for the George R. Jasny Memorial Scholarship, a student must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have a written recommendation for the scholarship from a high school guidance counselor, college faculty advisor, or other recognized professional.
Since it’s inception, the George R. Jasny Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to 18 students for a total of $9,000.