Edward James Rinalducci, Sr., PhD, 83 of Savannah, Georgia died Wednesday morning, March 25, 2020, at home with his devoted wife, Anne Rinalducci, by his side.
Dr. Rinalducci was born March 3, 1937 in Coral Gables, FL to Edward V. Rinalducci and Corinne Hogan Rinalducci. He grew up traveling between South Florida and Portsmouth, NH. As a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire he fell in love with Anne L. Johnson, an undergraduate at the University, and they were married in 1962. They made their life together wherever his academic life took them: Rochester, NY; Charlottesville, VA; Atlanta, GA; and Orlando, FL. His final years were spent in Savannah, GA, to be near family. He was a member of Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved daughter, Susan Rinalducci Allen.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Anne L. Johnson Rinalducci; one son, Edward “Ned” James Rinalducci, Jr., PhD, and his wife, Jolene Byrne; one daughter, Jennifer L. Rinalducci, and six grandchildren, Justin Allen, Nathan Allen, Hailey Allen, Karina Rinalducci, Mason Rinalducci, and Liam Byrne.
Dr. Rinalducci was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Florida, where he taught Psychology for 28 years. He previously taught at Georgia Tech for 8 years and at the University of Virginia for 12 years. He received his bachelor’s from Lehigh University, his master’s from University of New Hampshire, and his doctorate from the University of Rochester. Ed was an internationally recognized expert in Human Factors Psychology and Illumination Engineering. Beyond his university work, he did research for both NASA and the United States Air Force. In his almost five decades of teaching, he touched the lives of thousands of students and mentored many who would enter his field of specialization.
He was a history buff who loved to regale his family with stories of the family’s colorful past, from the Mayflower to the mafia. Ed loved to read and traveled widely. His travels included teaching abroad in Florence, Italy, through Florida State University with his wife and youngest daughter accompanying him. His last international trip was to Toronto and Quebec to celebrate grandchildrens’ graduations. Ed had a witty, dry, sarcastic sense of humor, still enjoyed the occasional glass of wine or a margarita (much to his wife’s disapproval), and rarely left his wife’s side after retiring. He was a devoted family man who loved, and was loved, dearly.
A gathering to celebrate Ed’s life will be held this summer in New Hampshire.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation – Suite 800, 200 SE 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33131-1909.