PAUL CASTRUCCI - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Paul Castrucci, 78 years old, of South Burlington, died at his home, June 23, 2013. Paul was born July 10, 1934, in St. Johnsville, N.Y., to Filiberto and Josephine (Granti) Castrucci, and graduated from St. Johnsville Central School as Salutatorian of his class. He continued his education at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., with a major in physics. He was married to Margaret Davis, his high school sweetheart. After graduation, he started work with IBM, and then served two years as an officer in the Air Force. He then returned to IBM. He had many major technical accomplishments. He invented and developed IBM's and the industry's first semiconductor memory device SP95-a16bit IC chip in 1965. This was the first IC memory used in a computer. He held 24 U.S. patents, including basic patents for integrated circuit memory devices and semiconductor process manufacturing. He also had the U.S. patent for the Smart Card. He retired from IBM in 1988 and then became COO at SEMATEC, a government-sponsored consortium of 14 semiconductor firms. After SEMATEC he formed his own consulting firm and assisted many of the top semiconductor companies around the world. He enjoyed fishing, photography, gardening, traveling and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; son, David Castrucci and wife, Vicki; daughter, Janice Baldwin and husband, Ken; daughter, Lynda Rappa and husband, Michael; and daughter, Ellen Lehouiller and husband, Jay. He is also survived by his grandchildren, David Baldwin and wife, Becca, Jessica Phillips and husband, Jake, Katlyn McMahon and husband, Jason, Kylie Castrucci, Kendall Castrucci, Kesley Lehouiller and Austin Lehouiller; step-grandchildren, Alina, Donna, and Dean Jezwinski; and his great-grandchildren, Alexander Ioana and Isaac Baldwin. Visiting hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. with a service following directly after on Friday, June 28, 2013, at Ready Funeral Home, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Michael's College: Advancement Office, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 26, 2013