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My father, “Doc” Poje, was a WWII Veteran who served in the Pacific Theatre. After Military Service he was a conferred a PHD in Chemistry from the University of Kansas. From there he taught Chemistry at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, from 1950 to 1986.

There are many of Doc’s students who credit him with being a positive influence on their lives. After Doc’s passing a scholarship was established at Aquinas College in his name. From the Aquinas College website:

Dr. John Poje Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time Aquinas College student in his or her junior or senior year with a declared major in chemistry and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Recipients are selected by the Chair of the Chemistry Department in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.

Donations to the Scholarship are always welcomed. Below is the link to the Aquinas College website page for making a contribution.

Click here for more information.

http://www.aquinas.edu/advancement/give.html


John Anthony “Doc” Poje
1915-1989

Born In Kansas City, Kansas, of Croatian Descent
Attended the University of Kansas
Received Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in 1937
Started Graduate School…entered the Military
Military Service:   Alabama Chemical Base
Philippines
Returned to the University of Kansas post Military Service
Received Ph. D. in chemistry in 1950 from the University of Kansas
Thesis “Some Physico-Chemical properties of Aqueous Solutions of the Three Common Sodium Xlene Sulfates”
Charter member of the Alpha Ro chapter of the Phi Lambda Upsilon honorary chemical society

Married Helen Muser (1945 Webster College Chemistry Graduate)
Hired at Aquinas College in 1950
Taught chemistry, math and physics

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