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Oct. 22, 1933 – Oct. 20, 2012
Retired civil engineer and Air Force Col. Joseph S. Pizzuto of Lewiston died Saturday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness. He was 78.
Born in Chicago, he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology under an ROTC scholarship and received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He was commissioned into the Air Force and earned a master’s degree in nuclear physiology from the University of Rochester in 1958.
Col. Pizzuto served 24 years in the Air Force, working for the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 1958 and in the U.S. Space Program at NASA on the Bergstrom Air Force Base from 1959 to 1961. He received a Bronze Star for special services while serving in Greenland.
Col. Pizzuto was a Vietnam War veteran. He was later stationed in England and Germany, as well as Virginia and Florida. Upon retiring from the Air Force in 1980, Col. Pizzuto continued his work as a civil engineer until 1985 with Battel Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1986, he went to work for Chemical Waste Management in Lewiston and retired in 1992.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Leone Mel Duggan; five sons, William, Joseph, Johntimothy, David and James; and a brother, Sam.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter Catholic Church, 600 Center St., Lewiston.