ACCARDO, CARL ANTHONY Carl Anthony Accardo, age 85, beloved husband for fifty-seven years of Edna (Ertle) Accardo, passed away of natural causes on Saturday, March 22, at his home in Winchester, MA. Mr. Accardo was born on April 20, 1928, in Torrington, CT, the first son of Gaetano Accardo and his wife, Maria. After graduating from Torrington High School in 1945, he studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with the class of 1948. Accardo went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Physics from New York University in 1951. As a physicist, working at Camp Evans in New Jersey, Accardo conducted pioneering research in the field of solid-state physics. His investigations on the phenomena, known as electroluminescence, led to the development of the LED. A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the Signal Corps and was stationed in Germany, where he held the rank of Second Lieutenant. In 1986 he returned to his alma mater to serve as a Liaison Officer in MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program. In 2004 Japanese Emperor Akihito recommended him to receive one of his country’s highest honors, the Order of the Sacred Treasure. He leaves his wife Edna and four sons: Carl V. Accardo and his wife Sara of Derry, NH, and their children, Max, Ben and Julie; Thomas A. Accardo of Winchester; Peter X Accardo and his wife Heidi of Lynnfield, MA, and their son Peter; and James Accardo; and two daughters: Edna Accardo-Walls of Winchester, and her sons, Christian, Brandon and Alec; and Laura (Accardo) Norquist and her husband Dr. Craig Norquist of Paradise Valley, AZ. He was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Philip Accardo; a sister, Mary LoBrtutto; and son-in-law John Walls; and is survived by three sisters: Anna Horvitz of Grand Rapids, MI; Theresa Sloane; and Arlene LaMere of Torrington, CT. His uncle Frank Balsamo and his wife Caroline of Torrington, CT, also survive him.
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Published in registercitizen on June 1, 2014