"Encyclopedia Dubuque is the online authority for all things Dubuque, written by the people who know the city best.”
Marshall Cohen—researcher and producer, CNN
Affiliated with the Local History Network of the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Iowa Museum Association.
John performed in many plays and musicals in high school and college and sang at many weddings as a young man. After college he taught high school for several years while he continued pursuing music training. He then moved to Michigan for further training in opera at the Detroit Institute of Musical Art. In 1954 he won a concerto competition at Michigan's Interlochen National Music Camp. He performed with the Detroit Michigan Opera Company and was once among the finalists of a New York Metropolitan Opera audition.
Over the years John and his brothers worked during the summer at the DUBUQUE STAR BREWING COMPANY, which was founded by his grandfather. His uncle asked him to train to become a licensed brew master, so he moved to Chicago to enroll at The Siebel Institute of Brewing. After finishing his training, John returned to Dubuque and served for years as brew master and president of Dubuque Star. John later decided to return to teaching and attended St. Louis University, where he completed his master's degree and did additional graduate work in sociology. He then taught sociology at Loras College.
John spent most of his professional life selling real estate and as a broker of his own firm, ABBA REALTY. He also did property management and financial management for two private corporations.
Obituaries. Dubuque Today by the Dubuque Advertiser.