JOHN MATTA

Profile Updated: March 2, 2019
Class Year: 1969
Residing In: Shoreview, MN USA
Spouse/Partner: none
Occupation: Scientist, Director of R&D
Children: Megan, born 1981 (also a chemist now)
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I work as Director of Chemistry at a company that makes medical devices and associated chemistries. I design disinfectants, medical-grade cleaners, hemodialysis equipment and fluids, sports disinfectants, and all sorts of strange stuff.
I have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (University of Minnesota). Since I now live in Minnesota (since 1973), I'm a big hockey fan. Especially high school hockey. I began playing classical guitar at age 47! (I'm slightly better after 15 years of practice, but the Romeros are not worried about any competition). My idea of a great vacation is to go backpacking, preferably in the mountains (Minnesota has no mountains, so I go to Montana, unless I want to canoe). I take my guitar with me on hikes (the guitar folds!). I play it to scare the bears away. So far it's worked.

School Story:

Fr. Luke used to always speak to me in Italian if we passed in the hall...he was apparently convinced that, with my last name, I had to be Italian (actually I'm Slovak). Eventually I had to learn a few phrases in Italian to respond to him. Every once in a while he'd give a curious and confused smile...I'm guessing I mispronounced it in some horrible way. Taking all that Latin did not help much with Italian, but it did help tremendously in the sciences.

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In front of one of my apple trees on the front lawn.