James Andrew Rovnak (Jim)

James Andrew Rovnak (Jim), a distinguished nuclear engineer with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, passed away on March 6th, 2023, at the age of 84. He was born on July 20th, 1938, to parents Katherine and Andrew Rovnak in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania and lived with his wife of over 50 years, Marene, in Hingham.

Jim was a lifelong learner with an unusually curious nature. He exhibited a passion for all things technology-related, loved travel adventures with his wife, and enjoyed spending time outdoors whenever possible.

Jim received his education at the University of Arizona and Pennsylvania State University where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MS in Nuclear engineering. Early in his career, while at Westinghouse Astronuclear lab, he was involved in development of a nuclear rocket program for the U.S. government, followed by the design and construction of numerous nuclear power plants in the United States and overseas while with Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation.

Jim will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Marene, his daughter, Laura, his son, Matt, his grandchildren Ethan, Parker, Keller, and Ella, as well as his sister Kathy, and brothers Andy, Billy, and John.

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  1. Marene you have Peg and I’s deepest sympathy. I just accidentally came across a Rovnak family website. To my shock I saw Jim’s obituary. Evan though we did not stay in touch he was always respected and a favorite of mine. I am honored to have my communion name after him. My dad loved Jimmy.


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