In Memoriam: Dr. Joseph Antonucci

Dr. Joseph Antonucci,
beloved mentor, colleague, & friend

The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) remembers a long-time CSW board member, Dr. Joseph Antonucci, who served as CSW President, Councilor, leader of the local Senior Chemists Committee, and beloved mentor.

Joseph M. Antonucci passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 at his home in Kensington, MD of natural causes.

Joe was born July 23, 1931 in New York, NY to the late Mary Perna and Augustino Antonucci. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, St. John’s University (NYC) in 1953 and received his PhD from the University of Maryland in 1959. Joe worked as a Research Chemist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for over 51 years as well as for the American Dental Association (ADA).

During his career, Joe authored and co-authored dozens of papers and earned numerous awards for his work in the area of dental polymers. Even after retirement, Joe continued to mentor aspiring research chemists. While Joe worked hard, he also enjoyed life to the fullest. He and Judy were avid theatergoers and attended events of all kinds at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall. After Judy’s passing, Joe took up her mantle by volunteering at the performing arts centers. Joe also enjoyed baseball, both following various professional teams and playing softball recreationally. Joe was a good friend, a trusted-colleague, and remained a humble person.  While the scientific community will remember Joe for his many patents and contributions to polymer science and dental materials, all of those who interacted with Joe will remember him as a kind-hearted person with a giving nature.

His beloved wife, Judy died in 2016. He will be remembered by many loving friends and colleagues.

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