John F. O'Leary, 61, chairman and chief executive officer of the General Public Utilities Corp. and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, died Saturday of cancer. He is survived by his wife Hazel Reid O'Leary.
Memorial services will be held in New Jersey on Jan. 6 and in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 30 at the Cosmos Club at 2 p.m.In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
Mr. O'Leary was elected to GPU's board in October 1979 and helped direct the company's nuclear operations after the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant earlier that year.
In February 1984, Mr. O'Leary was elected chairman of GPU Nuclear Corp., the nuclear subsidiary. He was elected chairman and chief executive of the parent corporation last May.
Mr. O'Leary served in the federal government under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Carter. In 1977 he was appointed as the first deputy secretary of energy when that agency was established. Previously, he had served as administrator of the Federal Energy Administration, the DOE's forerunner; deputy assistant secretary of interior; director of licensing for the Atomic Energy Commission (now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; director of natural gas for the Federal Power Commission (now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), and director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Mines.
Mr. O'Leary also formed O'Leary Associates, a Washington-based international consulting firm specializing in energy economics. He served as president.