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Karidis, Ossining Mechanical Engineer, Dies at 53

OSSINING, N.Y. - Dr. John P. Karidis, of Ossining, died March 5 at the age of 53.

Karidis worked as a distinguished engineer for the Thomas J. Watson Research Center at IBM for 29 years. This month, he accepted the designation of emeritus engineer from IBM as a result of his declining health. According to his professional profile, he was battling metastatic thyroid cancer for more than four years.

The son of Peter G. and Jean Karidis, he was born April 14, 1958. Karidis attended Penn State University from 1976-83, receiving his bachelor's, master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering. While at IBM, he worked on the Hummingbird Minipositioner, a probing robot, the ThinkPad "Butterfly" keyboard, as well as many other projects.

He is survived by his wife Lynn Karidis; his daughter, Amy; his sister, Cindy (Jim) Widmer; and his brother, George (Lynn) Karidis.

Visiting hours will be from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Scarborough Presbyterian Church in Briarcliff Manor, followed by a private interment at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. John P. Karidis Department Head's Award for Research Achievement in Mechanical Engineering, ? Karen Thole, Department of ME and NE, 137 Reber Building, University Park, PA 16802 or Beyond Borders , 5016 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C. 20008.

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