John Jacoby, airport general manager and Peace Corps official from Ridgewood
By Jay Levin
“I was in an amazing place, this Himalayan kingdom, in a time machine,” John Jacoby said of Nepal, where he spent two years teaching science as a Peace Corps official. “They were using ploughs that were the same technology as when the Buddha walked the Earth.”
The experience stuck with Mr. Jacoby through three decades working for the Port Authority. Upon retiring as general manager of Newark Liberty International Airport in 2011, the Ridgewood resident returned to the Corps — as country director for South Africa. He and his wife, Carolyn, relocated to Pretoria.
The second career lasted just two years. Mr. Jacoby came home in late 2013 to be treated for pancreatic cancer. He died on April 8, 2015 at age 66.
John Jacoby had lived in Ridgewood since 1988 and previously resided in Englewood, where he served on the Board of Education.