Bo­hdan Kostyshyn

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ZIONSVILLE, IN - Bo­hdan Kostyshyn, beloved hus­band, fa­ther, brother, grand­fa­ther and un­cle died at 91 on Oc­to­ber 28, 2018, af­ter liv­ing a long and ful­fill­ing life. He was called Dan by the many who knew and re­spected him.

Dan was born on June 10, 1927, to Ukrainian im­mi­grant par­ents, Mathew and Tekla Kostyshyn in Ja­maica, NY. Dan served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. He then at­tended Queens Col­lege where he ob­tained a BS de­gree in math­e­mat­ics and physics and where he played bas­ket­ball. Af­ter his first job work­ing in the Fed­eral Bureau of Stan­dards, he started a suc­cess­ful, 33 year ca­reer at IBM in Re­search and De­vel­op­ment as a physi­cist. His re­search in­volved mag­netic field mea­sure­ments, mag­netic ma­te­rial, and mag­netic record­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. When first work­ing at IBM, he lived in Apalachin, NY where he raised his fam­ily. Dur­ing this time, he also com­pleted his MS de­gree in physics from Syra­cuse Univer­sity. While liv­ing in NY, he was a strong pro­po­nent of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and served as a mem­ber of the Vestal School Board. Later in his ca­reer, Dan trans­ferred with IBM to Char­lotte, NC where he and his wife, Emma, lived for 36 years. Af­ter re­tir­ing from IBM, Dan taught en­gi­neer­ing at Bel­mont Abbey Col­lege and ful­filled a life­long dream of teach­ing. He re­cently moved to In­di­anapo­lis in the last few years.

Bo­hdan is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife, Emma (Er­bacher) Kostyshyn and they cel­e­brated 63 years of mar­riage. He is also sur­vived by his three daugh­ters; Karen Fletcher of Aspen, CO, Laura Scar­bro of Carlisle, MA and her hus­band David, and Diane Kostyshyn of In­di­anapo­lis, IN and her hus­band Tim Sublett and four lov­ing grand­chil­dren; Elleree Fletcher, Jamie Jaye Fletcher, An­thony Scarbo and Jac­que­lyn Sublett. Dan is also sur­vived by his older brother, Wal­ter Kostyshyn.

Al­though Bo­hdan lived his life as a sci­en­tist, he was ex­tremely creative and was greatly ad­mired for the beau­ti­ful pysanky or Ukrainian Easter Eggs that he cre­ated and he de­vel­oped many in­no­va­tive tools and tech­niques over the years. Dan also loved wood­work­ing which in­cluded mak­ing pens and re­fin­ish­ing fur­ni­ture and also taught him­self to cane and thrush chair seats. He was an avid veg­etable gar­dener and raised bees. He was bril­liant at re­mem­ber­ing trivia which helped when do­ing crossword puz­zles.

Bo­hdan was a mem­ber of IEEE, the Amer­i­can Phys­i­cal so­ci­ety and the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Physics Teach­ers.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests do­na­tions be made in mem­ory of Bo­hdan Kostyshyn to CurePSP, www.psp.org , 443-578-5670.

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