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John Palassis shared with me the 'safety course" that he and others taught in the late 80's or early 90's. He gave me a 2-day intensive course-one on one in 2004. He later came to Asheville (using his vacation time) to share his knowledge with participants in a safety course that I was presenting. John was truly one of the "finest" individuals that I have ever known and had a significant impact on my life personally and professionally.
Linda Stroud
All of us here at NIOSH, and in the extended health and safety community, lost a dear friend and colleague with the passing of John. He was a true gentlemanwho gave so much to all of us. It was my pleasure to have been John's supervisor twice in my career. In many ways, we all worked for John because of his infectious energy and enthusiasm. He will be missed.


Chuck Geraci


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John was instrumental in always getting funding for the annual CHAS College Award.


In Memoriam: John Palassis

NIOSH and CDC have lost a great colleague, mentor, friend, and respected researcher. John Palassis passed away on October 18. John retired from NIOSH in 2010. His efforts over his 33 years at NIOSH produced significant impacts through worker training, outreach to small businesses, and the development of consistentand comprehensive safety and health program standards. He was highly effective in developing solutions and providing joint guidance; this approach has served as a model for other CDC and NIOSH colleagues. In particular, John's collaborations involving national programs to educate and protect young workers (e.g., National Skills Standards, School Chemistry Laboratory Safety) have addressed key issues for an important public health audience. His development and promotion of the NIOSH Safety Checklist Program for Schools is one of his legacies. The many persons who had the pleasure of working with John will remember him for his strong faith, his love of family, his tireless work ethic, his warm and friendly spirit, and a life of service to others. 

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