Daniel G. Luongo

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Dr. Daniel G. Luongo, 74, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in his home in Stroudsburg, from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).He was born March 30, 1940, in Washington, the only child of John Luongo and Rose Koss Luongo.Surviving are his devoted wife, Sandra Postupack Luongo; mother Rose Luongo of Washington; daughters Lisa Luongo of Hatboro, Sarah McCarroll of Swiftwater and Julie Luongo of Stroudsburg and their husbands, Stephen Goldsmith, Jim McCarroll and Michael Williams; beloved grandchildren, Sheamus, Tierney and Blaise McCarroll; sisters and brother-in-law Mary Frances Postupack of Stroudsburg and Donna Piccione and Dominick Piccione of Drums; niece Rachael Piccione of Drums and nephew Joe Piccione of Orlando, Fla.Deceased are his father, John Luongo; and stepdaughter, Valerie Hunter.An athlete and scholar, Dr. Luongo attended Pennsylvania State University on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher. While being scouted by the Yankees, he injured his arm, then dedicating himself to academics. He was a brother of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. He was a 1962 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's of science in art education and completed his master's of education in art education in 1964.He began his teaching career as an art teacher at Watchung High School, New Jersey, in 1964. During that time, he was invited to the Art Students League in Montauk, N.Y., to study under Victor D'Amico, director of the Museum of Modern Art's education department. Dr. Luongo then moved to Stroudsburg in 1965, where he entered his professorship in the art department at East Stroudsburg University, then called East Stroudsburg State College. He was a professor of fine art and art history with a passion for educating his students on architecture in its historical and cultural context.Dr. Luongo inspired in his students a love of art through his humor, great storytelling and talent.He received his doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from Pennsylvania State University in 1984. He remained at East Stroudsburg University until his retirement in 2002, having served as both department head and director of ESU Madelon Powers Art Gallery.In addition to his passion for teaching, Dr. Luongo always wanted to be a fireman. His immense service to others was instilled in him, both as the son of a police officer and having grown up across the street from a fire company. He was a highly respected member of Stroudsburg Fire Department, Phoenix Company No. 2, and in 2006, was recognized for his over 40 years of dedicated active service. He was also honored with the Victor Koch Award for spirit of pride and excellence in 2003. He held various leadership positions in the department, including captain and safety officer. He continued at the fire department until his diagnosis in 2013. In his long career as a volunteer firefighter, he saved countless lives and promoted the improvement of firefighting techniques through research and education, both at the department and the Pennsylvania Fire School.Dr. Luongo also loved auto racing and worked on the fire crew at Pocono Raceway since its opening in 1968, rescuing numerous drivers from wreckage, including Paul Newman, Al Unser and AJ Foyt. In 1972, at the request of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, he served on the team to enforce safety compliance for all Grand Prix races that followed. A loyal friend, he will be missed dearly by his coffee shop friends, who enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor.Dr. Luongo was an active member and usher at St. Luke's Catholic Church, Stroudsburg. He was a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, member of the Stroudsburg Fire Department, member of the Water Authority and a generous contributor to innumerable organizations and charities.There will be a viewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Church of Saint Luke, 818 Main Street, Stroudsburg, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7, with the Very Rev. Thomas D. McLaughlin as celebrant. Burial will follow in Laurelwood Cemetery, Stroudsburg.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stroudsburg Fire Department, 700 Sarah Street, Stroudsburg PA 18360.The Thomas Funeral Home, 401 North Fifth Street, Stroudsburg, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Published in Observer-Reporter on Apr. 2, 2014
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