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EDWARD JAMES RINALDUCCI, SR., PhD

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.

Online Condolences

  1. Tom Cooler says:

    Much love to you, Ned, and all you family. My sincere condolences on the loss of your father.

  2. Karin breen says:

    So Very sad for Anne and the family. Our thought condolences and good memories are with you.

  3. LaMetra Jones says:

    Ned, I am so very sorry to hear if your Father’s passing. I pray God will grant you and your family peace and understanding during this difficult time. He lived a wonderful life. God bless you!

  4. Paul Beach says:

    So sad for your sad loss. Our prayers for you Anne and wonderful family, Please except our condolences.He was a great friend to all.

  5. Chris and Lisa Huskey says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I’m sure the joys of reunification when he saw Susan were amazing. Please know we will be thinking of you all. I can still remember hearing his voice on the phone when Susan would call for advice, guidance or just help in one of her college classes. He was such a supportive farther.

    Love to you all!

  6. Kathleen and Bruce Anthony says:

    We are so very sad about the loss of such a wonderful man. We enjoyed him with Anne very much.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed.
    Sincerely,
    Kathleen and Bruce Anthony

  7. Nancy & Phil Harter says:

    We have been friends of Ann and Ed for 54 of their 58 years. We were planning on seeing them in a couple of weeks. Alas, we have lost a long time colleague who we knew in so many settings.

  8. Donald Lassiter says:

    We are greatly saddened to hear of the loss of Ed, and our hearts go out to Ann, Ned, and Jennifer, and also to their families. Ed was both brilliant and funny, with wit and wisdom that impacted Don since his graduate school days at Georgia Tech. He was a role model for how to be a professor, an administrator (yes, he was one of those rare ones who could walk both paths), and above all, a human being. He will be sorely missed.
    Don Lassiter and Sharon Lowe-Lassiter

  9. Jack & Louise Makuch says:

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Ed. He was a wonderful guy and a dear friend.
    We have been trying to reach Anne by phone or even email, but we have not been successful.
    Please let us know how to make contact.

    Jack & Louise

  10. Jon & Dixie Walker says:

    When at UVa, Ed was my advisor. He was a true professional but also was a wonderful human being. His dry humor was a most endearing quality. He was the only true mentor I ever had. He and Anne helped me and my family in so many ways. We are fortunate to have them in our lives. We will miss Ed.

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