Joseph Anthony Maciariello

1941 – 2020

Joseph Anthony Maciariello of Claremont, California passed away peacefully on July 1st with his family by his side. He was born on December 1, 1941 in Troy, New York six days prior to Pearl Harbor and our nation’s entrance into World War II. Joe was the proud son of immigrant parents, Lorenzo and Raphael. He was raised in Mechanicville, a mill town on the Hudson River, upstate. Though growing up his family was of modest means they were rich in the love of a large extended family and a close-knit Italian community.

At the age of fifteen his father was taken from his family by an inherited condition that Joe later conquered with the help of a kidney transplant in 1993. He died as the longest living kidney transplant recipient in UCLA Medical history.

Despite the added responsibilities of leadership as the oldest of three brothers without a father, his love of learning and dedication to scholarship was ignited early and continued until his death at 78. After graduating from Mechanicville High School he went on to Bryant College in Providence, Rhode Island where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in business administration in 1962.Following college he worked at Hamilton Standard where he had the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to high profile projects, including the development of the portable life-support system used by American astronauts in the first moon landing. While maintaining a rigorous full-time professional life during the early stages of his career he continued his education at Union College in Schenectady, receiving a Master of Science in Industrial Administration in 1967.

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He then moved to New York City and began the arduous task of completing his PhD in economics at NYU, again while continuing to work full time. He received his doctorate in 1973 having the honor of being advised on his dissertation by legendary economist William Baumol.

During this period, at a Christmas party in 1969, his life was forever changed when he met his wife and partner for the next 50 years, Judy. They were married on August 9, 1970 and together built a home in Burnt Hills, New York while Joe taught at Union College. This was a happy time in their lives and they were blessed with two wonderful sons who have continued to bless them to this day.

In 1979 the family packed up their station wagon and drove across the country to Claremont, where Joe had accepted a joint professorship at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate School. He continued in this role for the next twenty-five years, then moved to be full time at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University until his retirement in 2013.

He had the privilege of working closely with Peter Drucker during the later stages of Peter’s life and career. He was honored to have coauthored several books with him. Following Peter’s death in 2005 Joe felt his calling was to expand Peter’s legacy and has taught and published extensively since then. His final book was completed on Memorial Day of this year, shortly prior to his passing.

He was fortunate enough to have his work supported by several like-minded men who shared his love of management in the Drucker mold and supported him as he extended that legacy. These men, Bill Pollard, Bob Buford, and Ming Lo Shao, were dear friends to Joe. Recently he has been blessed to work with the Shao Foundation and the California Institute of Advanced Management where he was honored with the creation of the Joseph A. Maciariello Institute of Management as a Liberal Art.
Joe believed that effective management could lift individuals to perform at levels even above their innate ability and teams to perform in a manner far greater than the sum of their parts. He was a strident believer that management should be taught broadly as a subject matter and that effective management and leadership was paramount to the creation of a functioning society.

Joe’s family and work were his greatest earthly passions, in that order, right behind his love for Jesus Christ. Close behind these loves, however, came the New York Yankees and Notre Dame football.

Survivors include Judy, his loving wife, two sons, Patrick Anthony (Aleeza) of Laguna Hills and Joseph Charles (Lauren) of Mill Valley. A brother, Lawrence, and five wonderful grandchildren (Callie, Reese, Grace, Alice and Charlie) as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and his younger brother Carmen.

Joe was a gentleman of great character and possessed deep faith. To know him was to love him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the:
Professor Joseph A. Maciariello Honorary Scholarship
University of Notre Dame
Gift Management
1100 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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