TISSian Dr ROCCO CAPORALE was a Professor and Italian-American Scholar. His daughter Ms.Catherine Caporale had written a small piece on him.
Rocco Caporale, resident of New York City and California, died of complications following open-heart surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NY in June of 2008. He was 80 years old.
Dr. Caporale was Professor Emeritus and former chairman in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John’s University, New York, having taught there for thirty years. He also taught at Manhattanville College in New York, Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, and at the Claremont Colleges.
Born in Santa Caterina dello Ionio in Southern Italy in 1927, Prof. Caporale held dual Italian-American citizenship and traveled regularly between the two countries, considering both his home. His education was extensive and international, and he spoke nine languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Latin, Singalese. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University in New York, an M.S.W. in Social Research from Tata University in Bombay, India, a D.D. in Comparative Religion from De Nobili College in Poona, India, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Aloisianum College in Milan, Italy.
Dr. Caporale was a founding director and president of several international organizations which promoted Italian-American research and world-wide cultural exchange: the Institute for Italian-American Studies (since 1980), Pontes International (based in Naples for international faculty cultural exchange), the International Committee for the Mezzogiorno (for scholars interested in Southern Italy) and the International Association Magna Grecia.
He served as a consultant with numerous foundations and associations, including the Agnelli Foundation in Turin, Italy, the Vatican Secretariat in Rome, the Italian Parliament, the National Science Foundation, and the Southern California Association of Governments.
Dr. Caporale received numerous research awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship and a visiting fellowship at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw. He has published numerous articles and nine books dealing with a wide variety of topics: studies on Italian immigration, natural disasters in Italy and community response, welfare economies, business ethics, ethnic identities, urban studies, clinical sociology, social stratification, religious systems, and value systems. Among these was a ten-year sociological study of the aftereffects of the 1980 earthquake in Irpinia-Basilicata, Italy. He served on the editorial boards of four journals and was editor-in-chief of the nine-volume series Mezzogiorno Revisited, published in Naples, Italy 1988-2000.
He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues around the world, who will remember him for his encyclopedic knowledge, his unbounded energy and his love of everything Italian.
The picture of 1959 Graduating class has been shared by Ms Catherine.
Dr Rocco received M.S.W. (in Social Research) (Dip. S.S. Adm.) from TISS in April 1959.