Campanella, S. Joseph
Dec. 26, 1926 - Dec. 19, 2013
Dr. S. Joseph Campanella passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 19th at the Windsor Reflections Memory Care Residence in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Born in Washington, DC, son of the late Samuel M. and Rose Wink Campanella, he was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Philomena Madeline Campanella and brother Vincent Campanella. He is survived by his son, John Campanella and daughter-in-law, Angela Campanella.
After graduating from Gonzaga College High School in 1945, Dr. Campanella entered the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician working on submarine sonar and radar systems. He earned his BSEE (Magna Cum Laude - 1950) and DEE (1965) from Catholic University of America, and his MSEE degree (1957) from the University of Maryland. Early in his career he worked in a variety of disciplines including sonar, audio and EM wave signature classification, signal processing, and speech source coding. While working at Melpar, he rose to Vice President of Electronics Research. Dr. Campanella then moved to COMSAT Laboratories, ultimately taking the role of Vice President and Chief Scientist, during which time he led his team towards many industry innovations and 15 patents. He received the IEEE Behn Award (1990) in International Communications and was inducted into the Innovation Hall of Fame at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering in 1996 for pioneering work in the development of digital satellite communications technology. After becoming Chief Technical Officer of WorldSpace, Dr. Campanella retired at the age of 81.
Entombment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery Mausoleum, Saturday, December 28, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org/ContributetoAFA/makeadonation.html