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John Daniel Bagley

October 2, 1935 October 17, 2018
John Daniel Bagley
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John D. Bagley Ph.D., Age 83, died peacefully on October 17, 2018 of complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy-Body Dementia. He was surrounded by his wife of 60 years, Rosette (nee Giroux) Bagley and their surviving children. John and Rose are the proud parents of Daniel (Nancy) Bagley, the late Jeanne Marie Bagley, Mary Beth (Peter) Schmit, Joan-Hannah Kaytonah, Ann Lafferty, and Albert (Kelly) Bagley. Dr. Bagley grew up on the north side of Chicago and attended St. Gertrude Elementary School and Loyola Academy. He went to Fournier Institute of Technology on a full scholarship. In his junior year the scholarship was transferred to Notre Dame University where he earned a BSEE in 1957. He earned a MSEE from University of Illinois in 1958, an MA from University of Michigan, and completed his studies there earning a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences in 1967. His doctoral dissertation was a significant work in the nascent field of artificial intelligence, and has been cited numerous times in the years since. (The following year, 1968, The Department of Communication Sciences was renamed the Department of Computer and Communication Sciences. It is worth noting that at the time Dr. Bagley's Ph.D. was conferred there was a pervasive feeling among his classmates that they should have other skills to fall back on, in the event that the computer field were to fizzle out.) John began his career with IBM Corporation contributing significantly to both software and hardware development. In 1977 he accepted a position at Bell Laboratories, subsequently Alcatel-Lucent Corporation. He retired in 2000 as Technical Manager of Electronic Messaging Solutions. He was a member of ACM, IEEE, The Computer Society and Sigma Xi. In the course of his career he earned many awards and was granted a number of patents. Throughout his life John lived as a dedicated and passionate humanitarian, and he advocated for many social justice causes. While living in Katonah, NY in the 1960’s and 70’s he worked for fair housing and helped form the Northeast Westchester Council on Equality (NEWCOE). After moving to Naperville, IL in 1977 he served on the Parish Council and the Service Ministry Council of St. Raphael Catholic Church, then on the Pastoral Leadership Council of St. Thomas Parish, where he also led a Justice and Peace Group. He was an active member of the Illinois Coalition against the Death Penalty and served as its President for a year. In addition he spent time building homes for those in need through Habitat for Humanity, and served at DuPage PADS for over thirty years. He was one of the founding members of DuPage Sponsors (now DuPage United). He also lobbied and kept vigil for Northern Illinois End the Occupation Organization. He became a certified producer and videographer for Naperville Community Television, where he was much in demand to document socially significant events and gatherings. John was an industrious and committed member of Pax Christi (International Catholic Peace Movement) since 1982, and, with his wife Rose, was a recipient of the Pax Christi Peacemakers award. Their children like to talk about their parents' arrests for protesting Nuclear weapons, the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, School of the Americas, etc. One of his daughters-in-law always made it known that she kept bail money available should it be needed! In addition to his wife and children John is survived by seven grandchildren, Ray, Eric, Alex, Leo and Rose Schmit, and Gina and Tommy Lafferty. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Jeanne (nee Grys) Bagley and his daughter, Jeanne Marie. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful, caring staff on the second floor at The Springs at Monarch Landing, Naperville, and of Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Illinois. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that well-wishers consider supporting John’s life’s work through donations to The Center for Social Concerns, Geddes Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556-4633, or DuPage PADS, 601 West Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187. Visitation will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL 60563 on Friday, October 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Additional Visitation Saturday, October 20th 10:00-11:00 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 AM at Church. Interment will follow at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville, IL. Arrangements entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com


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Visitation

Friday

19

Oct

4:00 PM 10/19/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/19/2018 8:00:00 PM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

1500 Brookdale Road
Naperville, Illinois 60563

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
1500 Brookdale Road Naperville 60563 Illinois
United States

Visitation

Saturday

20

Oct

10:00 AM 10/20/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/20/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

1500 Brookdale Road
Naperville, Illinois 60563

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
1500 Brookdale Road Naperville 60563 Illinois
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday

20

Oct

11:00 AM 10/20/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

1500 Brookdale Road
Naperville, Illinois 60563

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
1500 Brookdale Road Naperville 60563 Illinois
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery Final Resting Place

701 North Ave
Naperville, Illinois 60540

701 North Ave Naperville 60540 Illinois
United States
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