Jack Ellwood Steele
(1924 - 2009)

Jack Ellwood Steele
Nickname: Great Guru

Illinois, United States of America
January 27, 1924

Ohio, United States of America
January 19, 2009

Bionics, artificial intelligence, psychiatry, hypnosis, flying, photography, chess, committee minds, systems engineering, wilderness camping, art, motorcycle riding, electronics, ham radio, talking, multiple-personalities, Milton H. Erickson, science fiction, reading, scientific study of religion, glass paperweights, learning, writing, genealogy, poetry, travel, people, architecture, ...
Jack Ellwood Steele was born to Ruth (Feller) Steele and Maurice E. Steele, in Lacon, Illinois.
Jack graduated from Mendota Township High School, Mendota, Illinois.
Entered the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, to study General Engineering (on a General Assembly Scholarship)
Drafted into Army
Sent to Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Illinois, to study General Engineering
Sent to University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota to study Pre-Med.
Attended Northwestern Univ., Medical School, Chicago, Illinois.
Left the Army.
Received his Bachelor of Medicine from Northwestern University. He then spent his Internship at Cincinnati General Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio - Psychiatric Ward.
Received his MD from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. Then became a Teaching Fellow in Neuroanatomy at Northwestern and conducted research.
Jack was once again drafted, this time by the US Air Force. He became Ward Officer at Wright Patterson AFB Hospital in Psychiatry and Neurology for 2 years.
It was during this period he finally found the time to study mathematics in his spare time. But when he found he was feeling unsettled and couldn't concentrate, he wondered what was wrong. He decided to analyze himself as he would a new patient, and came to the conclusion that a young man of his age needed a wife. He thought back to how he met the last woman he fell in love with several years ago and remembered she had pushed him off the dock into a lake at a church picnic.
So he checked the newspaper ads, found a church picnic scheduled for the next day, and attended. Because he was nearsighted and couldn't see well without his glasses, he asked the lifeguard to point out the prettiest girl at the pool. It turned out to be a young woman named Ruth who worked as a secretary at the base. He later looked her up in the base directory and asked her out.
For the rest of his Air Force career, he focused on several projects at the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory at WPAFB, Dayton, OH. He served as the Assistant Chief of the Mathematics and Analysis Section in the 6570th AMRL. He also held the position of Laboratory Bionicist. Some of his projects were "Non-Auditory Effects of Sound on Man", "Cause of Motion Sickness", and "Wind Blast Injury to Skin". His main effort was in Bionics, of which 2 projects were "Analysis of Time Series", and "Servomechanisms".
Married Ruth Eleanor Kelley
Daughter Jill E. Steele born. (Saturday, after the parade)
Daughter Suzy R. E. Steele born.
Celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with Ruth.
Passed away.


Chris Baynard
March 15th, 2019
"U were a brilliant man"
Logan Cloete
October 24th, 2018
sarah flaherty
March 5th, 2014
"ur cool and the beard is just amazing and your research is superb. coolbeard and R.I.P"
anthony jaramillo
May 23rd, 2012
"i liked ur aoto biographies and ur beard. dont mean to be rude."
Rene Molina
May 23rd, 2012
"You probably never knew this, but when I was a teenager, I thought your home was magical, a place of ideas and chaos. Although I am sorry that you are gone, I am grateful that you were here, and that for a while, you shared your magic with me."
Bobby Schmidt
November 30th, 2010
"I miss you and still have a lot of questions that I wish I could ask you, I love you and I will remember you always. =("
Arthur Mayer
January 24th, 2009
"Thank you for being such a good grandfather. I miss you, and I love you. Robert"
Robert Mayer
January 24th, 2009
"I already miss being able to turn to you for advice when I need it. But I can hear you in my mind quoting Milton Erickson, "So when I am just a memory, you still write to me and your unconscious can answer your letter." I will always love you, Dad!"
Jill Mayer
January 23rd, 2009


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