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Robert Corruccini

Robert Joe Corruccini passed away January 10, 2014 at age 96, in Boulder. He was born September 7, 1917 to Roberto Corruccini and Katherine Linton Corruccini. Roberto was on his second U.S. tour with the Rome Opera when offered a position as founding Musical Director of the Portland Opera. In 1916 he met Katherine Linton from the plains, a singer in his chorus, and they married. Joe was born as their only child, back in her home town of Fremont, NB. These two contrasting influences largely characterized Joe's life, the intellectual operatic Italian and the Nebraska (and Oregon) farmboy. Joe was brilliant, receiving his B.A. from Reed College, a Master's Degree from Oregon State University and his doctorate in Physical Chemistry from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, by the age of 24. He completed 30 years of employment with the U.S. Bureau of Standards (later to be known as The National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST) as a research physicist and then as an administrator, in 1972, having transferred from the D.C. area to Boulder in 1953. His work on calibration of thermocouples was later incorporated into the International Practical Temperature Scale. In the 1960s Joe did research on liquid hydrogen fuel for the Saturn V rocket program that carried astronauts into space. He retired after having risen to high administrative levels. While in Corvallis, he met Mildred Belle Witham, from Minot ND who was also pursuing a Master's Degree from Oregon State University. They married in 1941 in Chicago. Survivors include their three children, son Linton Reid (Carol) Corruccini of Davis CA, daughter Jo Ann Corruccini of Incline Village NV, and son Robert Spencer Corruccini (Carol Morrow) of Carbondale IL. Their grandchildren are Rebecca Corruccini of Minneapolis, Anne Corruccini of Seattle, Sarah Corruccini of San Francisco and Joseph Corruccini of Carbondale. They also enjoyed the love and company of their four nieces Nancy (Mark) Gruber, Patty Delight (Dan Helmerich), Jane (Tony) Yamada and Ginger (Pete) Bebernes, and their nieces' 7 children. Joe spent much time collecting and listening expertly to opera, playing bridge, reading, and mountain climbing. He is attributed with the first ascent of the Reid Glacier Headwall route on Mount Hood in 1938. Products of the Great Depression, Joe and Mil were extraordinarily thrifty, yet immensely generous with their children and grandchildren. After 71 years of marriage Mildred preceded Joe in death on February 28, 2013. Joe passed on peacefully and comfortably, attended by numerous loving caregivers and family.


Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Jan. 24, 2014
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