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historian , screenwriter , writer

Joseph Edward Persico, American historian. Recipient Distinguished Alumnus award State University of New York-Albany, 1982. Served to lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1952-1955. Member of Council Foreign Relations, Authors Guild, Inc.

Background

Persico, Joseph Edward was born on July 19, 1930 in Gloversville, New York, United States. Son of Thomas Louis and Blanche (Perrone) Persico.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York-Albany, 1952;Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), State University of New York-Albany, 1996;postgraduate, Columbia University, 1955.

Career

From 1974 to 1977, he was primary speechwriter to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. At the time of his death, he lived in Guilderland, New York. His book Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial tells the story of the Nuremberg Trials.

It was adapted for television as the docudrama Nuremberg. In 1952 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the New York State College for Teachers (now the University at Albany). Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a Lieutenant (junior grade) aboard a minesweeper and also worked at NATO Headquarters Naples, Italy.

After three years, he left the Navy and joined Governor W. Averell Harriman as a writer and researcher. In 1960, Persico joined the United States Information Agency working in Argentina, Brazil, and Washington as a Foreign Service Officer. From 1963 until 1966, he served as Executive Assistant to the New York State Health Commissioner and in 1966 became the chief speechwriter for then Governor of New York Nelson A. Rockefeller.

He remained Rockefeller's primary speechwriter throughout the latter's Vice Presidency. Persico died at his home in Guilderland on August 30, 2014. He was buried at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York.

Works

Membership

Served to lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1952-1955. Member of Council Foreign Relations, Authors Guild, Inc.

Connections

Married Sylvia La Vista, May 23, 1959. Children: Vanya, Andrea.

father:
Thomas Louis Persico

mother:
Blanche (Perrone) Persico

spouse:
Sylvia La Vista

children:
Vanya Persico

Andrea Persico