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Joseph Justin Contiguglia

January 8, 1948October 1, 2020

Joseph Justin Contiguglia was born on January 8, 1948 in New York, NY and passed away on October 1, 2020 and is under the care of Frederick Funeral Home.

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Kenneth Dozier

October 10, 2020

Carol and I send our heart felt sympathy. Joe was a complex man . He had a wonderful sense of humor and could even get silly with the rest of the RAMS when called for . But , he was a serious man. A deep thinker . He was so well read . He amazed me with hs breath of knowledge. He was also a very compassionate man. At times he and I would have serious talks . I always valued his options and encouragement. He was a leader. He truly is one of the most memorable men I’ve ever known . I was blessed to have known him and called him friend . Kenneth C Dozier MD , MPH , Col USAF ret.

James Ekwensi

October 10, 2020

I am saddened by the passing of this great man - COLONEL JOSEPH JUSTIN CONTIGUGLIA, MD. He was my teacher and mentor. I was admitted to study Tropical Medicine at Tulane University School of Tropical in fall 2007. Upon arrival from Nigeria, I quickly decided to switch to another program. While contemplating which major to pursue, a chance encounter with Dr. Contiguglia convinced me to change my major to the MPH in Disaster Management program. He was extremely kind to me. He was the first person that made me feel welcomed to the United States. He told me about his stay in West Africa. He remembered the names of the streets, even the food and restaurants. He made me feel at home at Tulane. I always looked forward to his classes. He was and exceptional teacher! He taught me all I know in disaster management. I have never forgotten his mantra on emergency communication “know, do, go”. We have remained in touch since my graduation. He always wrote strong recommendation letters for me. I am most grateful that I currently apply what he taught me in my current job as a COVID19 infection Preventionist. He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family and all the people across the world like me, that his rich live touched and graciously blessed. My God almighty give his immediate family the fortitude to bear this loss. May his gentle Soul rest in peace. His legacy lives on!

Peter Ingoglia

October 8, 2020

I was just informed today by another Little Neck guy of Joe’s passing. I’d like to express my sincerest condolences for your loss.
We attended St. Anastasia’s grammar school together. Joe was a very bright and used it at times for mischief. Once he made up a batch of a very powerful blue dye and told us how he turned someone’s swimming pool dark blue.
We didn’t keep in touch after high school but his career and service to our country is exemplary.
May he Rest In Peace.

Judyth Gulden

October 7, 2020

I wish the family my deepest sympathies for your loss. Sending healing prayers to all of you. He was my thesis advisor and mentor and I thought of him often. He will be greatly missed.

Judyth Gulden

Martha Prieto-Moreno

October 7, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. I knew Col Contiguglia from Keesler Air Force Base, I am also from NY and we would talk about NY but also about so many things. I was always so impressed with his knowledge of so many things. He was so easy to speak to, even though I did not have his education I was eager to learn and he was eager to teach us. Thank you for sharing him with us. Prayers for the whole family.

Robert Benazzi

October 7, 2020

I was a classmate of Joe's at Holy Cross H.S. and will always remember his heated debates with Bro. Francis Ellis regarding philosophy even though it was a Geometry class. Joe would never back down and led to many funny conflicts!!

Sharon A. Galman (Funeral Director)

October 7, 2020

The entire staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home wishes to express our sincere condolences.

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