LES (U.S.A. and Canada) Mourns the Passing of BP's John D. Somich (January 10, 1966-August 30, 2017)
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Posted by: Abbie Elliott
Today, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. somberly announces the passing of esteemed educator and member John D. Somich. Born in Pensacola, Florida and a resident of Katy, Texas, Somich was an active member of LES (U.S.A. and Canada) and it's Houston chapter—who enjoyed educating his peers on intellectual property (IP), licensing, tech commercialization, and tech transfer. He helped to build the content for LES (U.S.A. and Canada) educational programming, including LES University, and was dedicated to mentoring newer or younger members. His passion for his work was admired by leadership, membership, and staff, alike:
LES (U.S.A. and Canada) 2010-2011 Past-President and Chair of the Board Ada C. Nielsen, a former BP colleague, said,“ John was an outstanding team member in BP's Upstream Intellectual Asset and Strategy team and a wonderful co-teacher within BP, as well as at many LES (U.S.A. and Canada) courses and seminars. He was so liked, loved, and appreciated by those of us who worked with him. We benefitted from his many contributions to work and to his spirit of collaboration, friendship and caring.”
“John had a wonderful way with words and phrases, as well as making our educational programming fun and engaging. He had a great knack for turning the arcane, complex world of IP licensing into readily grasped language and concepts,” said LES (U.S.A. and Canada) President and Chair of the Board Brian P. O’Shaughnessy. “John did it all with a great sense of joy and humor that was infectious. He was a joy to work with, and he will be sorely missed.”
Before his passing, Somich worked in technology commercialization upstream technology at BP. In this role, he was responsible for charting technology commercialization and IP-management pathways for emerging technologies. Outside of work and his contributions to LES (U.S.A. and Canada), Somich volunteered with the YMCA of Greater Houston and used his love of cycling to benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. As a long-time Amoco/BP employee and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), he structured and negotiated hundreds of deals around the world, opened international plants, and was part of the Deepwater Horizon response. Somich was a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Somich is survived by his wife, Julia Somich; sons, Jack and Joel Somich; father, Robert Somich; brother, Robert Somich, Jr.; sister, Annamarie Somich; as well as other loving family members and friends. A viewing was held yesterday, September 4, and funeral services were held today, September 5, in Katy, Texas. A private burial will be held at the Katy Magnolia Cemetery. Colleagues can read Somich's formal obituary, send their condolences, and share fond memories here.