JOSEPH A. DEMASI, MIDN, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Demasi '60

Date of birth: February 1, 1938

Date of death: December 7, 1957

Age: 19

Loss

From The Bridgeport (Connecticut) Post on December 8, 1957:

Joseph A. DeMasi, an honor student and varsity soccer player at Navy, was found hanged early today in a bathroom of Bancroft hall, the Midshipmen's dormitory. Naval Academy authorities said he apparently committed suicide but a board of investigation was looking into the incident before returning an official finding.

DeMasi, 19-year-old sophomore from Medford, Mass., was found suspended from a bathrobe sash about 12:40 a.m. by another Midshipman. Naval medical officers pronounced him dead of strangulation. Cmdr. Marcy Dupre, public information officer, said the youth was very popular in the brigade of Midshipmen.

"I'm just shocked," said Glenn Warner, coach of the Navy soccer squad on which DeMasi was a reserve right fullback. "He would be the last person I could think of to do something that." Warner said he had DeMasi in a swimming class yesterday and the youth was in fine spirits, laughing and joking.

The Class of 1960 lists Joseph on their memorial page, but there is no further information beyond a 12/07/1957 date of death.

The Alumni Association has no information on his loss.

Memorial Hall Error

Suicide (or murder, or an accidental death of this nature) is not a criteria for inclusion in Memorial Hall.


Class of 1960

Joseph is one of 28 members of the Class of 1960 on Virtual Memorial Hall.