John attended Mastbaum as a Commercial Art student graduating in 1965 June. He earned a BA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1969. He taught Commercial Art at Mastbaum from 1975 to 1999. He participated in many school activities such as captain of the state crew, locker committee, library aide, editor of the Yearbook staff and performed in many theatrical productions of the JEMS.
JEMAA presents a monetary award annually to a student maintaining a 3.0 GPA and continuing the graphic arts education in college or technical school.