If you’ve seen the “dome” we use in USC’s Archaeology Research Center when making the movable light images, you know something about John Melzian – he designed it. If you’ve seen the “tarantula” you know something about John too — he transformed it. And if you’ve heard of the adventures of the West Semitic Research Project — whether in the snake-infested desert in Egypt or photographing Dead Sea Scrolls around the world –John was there.
Sadly, John had a heart attack and died while riding his bike on June 29th. He was a longtime friend and a greatly valued colleague. He was the husband of Marilyn Lundberg, associate director of the WSRP and InscriptiFact. There will be a memorial and celebration of John’s life on Friday, July 23rd at 4pm. See this link for additional details: tiny.cc/johnmelzian