About Joseph Dean Cuccia
Born on March 2, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, Joe was the 7th of 8 children. His mother passed away when he was three years old and his father, who was a barber, worked many hours to care for his family. The older brother and sisters left school and took care of the family.
Joe was the child who loved school and excelled, so he was the one who not only completed high school but then at 16 went to the Kansas City Art Institute for two years. After completing his studies there, he then went to Washington University on scholarship where he completed a degree in Chemistry.
He enlisted when the war broke out in 1941 and was a Medic in the Army where he assisted amputee victims from the Pacific. When the war ended, he married Concettina DiMartino from St. Louis.
They lived in St. Louis where he worked for the Department of the Army as a Commercial Artist and Technical Illustrator until his retirement in 1978. They had one child, Marie Cuccia-Brand.
He was a religious man who sang in his church choir and served on many committees at St. James the Greater Catholic Church. He donated his time and talents to organizations such as the Professional and Business Men’s Club of the Hill where he led the Scholarship Committee for many years. Additionally, he was very involved in the Italian community. He was the President of UNICO-National, St. Louis Chapter and the District Governor.
This scholarship would be very important to him. There was nothing more important than his faith, his family and his community!