Joseph L. Intermaggio

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INTERMAGGIO JOSEPH L. INTERMAGGIO (Age 95) Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, died Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Winchester Medical Center. He was an urban planner who worked for a number of public and private institutions and also taught at George Washington University and lectured at the University Of Florence, Italy. Joe combined a visionary intellect with good humor, decency and integrity. He loved books, art and music, but most of all the company of friends and family. Joe took a sincere interest in everyone around him and to the end of his life was engaged, curious and attuned to the humor of every situation. He hosted a weekly gathering called the "Wednesday Afternoon Philosophical Society" to discuss ideas, books and the politics of the day. The diverse membership of this group included a farmer, a sculptor, a musician and former state department employees among others. Joseph Intermaggio was born on July 8, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, the third of six children and the only son of Gaspare and Grace Intermaggio. He earned a college degree from the University of Kentucky in 1940. While in Kentucky, he was active in political causes and helped organize coal miners into unions. The day following Pearl Harbor, Joe enlisted in the Army Air Corps., became a navigator, survived the crash of a B-25 and subsequently served in the Philippines. After WWII, Joe earned a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Cornell University. He moved to Arlington, VA to become its first city planner in 1952, and he resided in Arlington for more than thirty years. He was a member of the Brookings Institution, worked at the Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies and the United Planning Organization, an anti-poverty agency during the 1960's. His first marriage to Jean Berman ended in divorce in 1977. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Winchester, VA; three sons from his first marriage, Marc (Robin) of San Rafael, CA, Alex (Marylou) of Falls Church, VA and Peter (Denise) of Bryn Mawr, PA; five grandchildren, Victor, Natalie, Russell, Gregory and Nick; as well as two sisters, Mrs. Elvira Maffucci of Rockville Centre, NY and Mrs. Adelaide Wilday of Lindenhurst, NY. He is also survived by two stepsons, James (Rosanna) Fields of Orlando, FL and Jon (June) Fields of Largo, FL. and their five children, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and by many loyal and loving friends whom he thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated until the end of his life. The family requests that, donations in lieu of flowers, be made to the Free Medical Clinic of the Shenandoah Valley, Inc., PO Box 44, Winchester, VA in remembrance of Joseph L. Intermaggio. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 21, 2010