Maryland - Dr. John D. Knell, 65, of Rockville, MD died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at Hartford Hospital. He was born June 6, 1945 in Meriden a son of Ann (Houdlete) Disbrow of Meriden and the late Lt.David Knell. John grew up in Meriden and attended local schools. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Florida and then received his Phd. from Baylor University. John was a doctor of Biotechnology for Novavax Inc. He was an avid photographer which he had won several awards for, and loved playing the classical guitar. In addition to his mother, Ann he is survived by his step-father, Curtis Disbrow of Meriden, two brothers; Steve and his wife Nancy Disbrow of Meriden and James Disbrow also of Meriden. He also leaves several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral will be held on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 10:00am at the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The Rev. John Clarke will officiate. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 9-10am, prior to the service.

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  1. When I was little, you were always so handsome and mysterious, playing piano or guitar or looking at the stars–ever focused on some lofty endeavor. Over the last few years it’s been a delight to talk with you and get to know you a little. I vivdly remember our brief drive up Blinn Hill Road a few years back, chasing a photogenic sunset! Your latest exquisite photo calendar still graces my dining room wall, next to my kids’ latest artwork. Thank you for your quiet smiles, your graceful presence, your kindness, your humor, and your art. You will be deeply missed.

  2. John, you will be sorely missed- you were as much like family as any family we have. Your Springtime visits to Texas were always a pleasure- the conversations, photographic outings, and astronomy sessions over the last 30 years were a big part of my life . Your humor and wholehearted love for humanity will always be with us.

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