"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated July 4, 2017


Dr. C. Joseph Giangreco

January 2, 1924--February 2, 2017

Dr. G (Giangreco). was born in Oil City, PA Jan. 2 1924. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Dr. Marianne Giangreco (married June 1949); parents: Mr. & Mrs. Michael Giangreco; sisters, Mary, Lena and Sue; and brother Guy. (Sister Angie still living) 

Dr. G. retired as Supt of Iowa School for the Deaf and was made Emeritus. His children are; Marianne Evanda Burgeson and husband Norm and Joseph Brook Giangreco and wife Samantha. There are six grandchildren; James, Josh, Wesley Giangreco, Haleigh Palmer, Amanda (husband Jordan), Samantha Burgeson, and great grandchild, Amelia. 

Dr. G. was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School in Buffalo, NY as an airplane mechanic in 1942 and received an E/A license. 

He worked at Bell Aircraft in pre-flight, before enlisting (Dec. 1941) and being called to active duty in the army in December 1942. He took surgical training and was assigned to the 540th Field Artillery (Long Toms) serving as a surgical technician. He was in combat in France, Germany, and Holland. He worked at Gardner General Hospital in Chicago, until he was discharged in July, 1946. 

He earned a Bachelors degree in Education and Psychology from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL; a MA in special education from Columbia University in New York City; a MA in School Administration from Gallaudet Univeristy in Washington DC.; and an EDD (Doctorate in Psychology) from the University of Nebraska. He also did post graduate work at Iowa State University, Tufts University, University of Colorado, Creighton University, and University of Illinois. 

Dr. G. began his teaching career at the Illinois School for the Deaf; taught at Gallaudet University, and was 33 years at the Iowa School for the Deaf, serving as High School Principal, Asst. Superintendent and Superintendent for 23 years.  While employed at ISD, he taught Extension classes for University of Omaha, University of Iowa and Iowa State. 

Dr. G was an active member of the Conference of Executives of Schools for the Deaf. He taught night classes at Council Bluffs schools, was active in the United Way and Red Cross, and after retirement, he volunteered with the Red Cross, and served on the Disaster Team, taking part in six disasters across the United States and Hawaii. 

Upon retirement in 1987, Dr. G. and family moved to a farm in the Waubonsie Hills south of Glenwood, IA, where they established a wildlife habitat and preservation of geological uniqueness. 

Dr. G. and his wife, Dr. Marianne, published three books and wrote numerous articles. He also presented papers at National and International meetings. He and Marianne traveled and visited all 50 states; most of Europe, Canada, and Mexico. 

There were funeral services for him on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at Peterson Mortury, Inc., 212 South Locust, Glenwood, Iowa.

Private Graveside services was held at Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, IL, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. 

Memorials may be made to the Waubonsie Church Fund, 63718 Pease Road Glenwood, Iowa 51534

Thanks to Peterson Mortuary, Glenwood, Iowa and Mary Ann Burke for the information.