Engineering Emeritus Professor John Artley Dies at Age 84

September 28, 2007

Duke electrical engineering Professor Emeritus John Leslie Artley, Ph.D., of Hot Springs, N.C., died Sept. 27 on his 84th birthday from the effects of a stroke suffered on June 12, 2007, his family said. Artley received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1955 and then joined the faculty of Duke University, where he taught electrical engineering for 25 years. One of his academic accomplishments was the publication in 1965 of a book entitled Fields and Configurations. At the time of his retirement in 1980, he had helped obtain funding for the experiential learning lab. Until the time of his death, he lived on Hap Mountain in Madison County near Hot Springs.

Artley was born in 1923 in Rockwood, Mich., the son of Kenneth and Ruth Janney Artley. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and studied for a year at the University of Michigan and was then sent to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis for a year where he received his commission in 1944. He then served nine months aboard the USS Maury destroyer as electrical officer and also served for 10 months aboard the USS Dennis J. Buckley destroyer as electrical officer and assistant engineer.Both tours of duty were in the Pacific.

Artley was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of ensign. He then resumed his studies at the University of Michigan and received a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1948. Artley is survived by the mother of his children, Mildred Butt Artley of Waynesville; daughter Christine Artley Hutchinson; sons John Craig Artley, Brian Paul Artley and Stephen Alan Artley; two sisters, Edna Artley Howard and RuthAnne Artley Raulerson; and six grandchildren.John is also survived by Anne Whitefield, recently of Hot Springs and now of Asheville.

A private celebration of Artley's life will be held at a later date.