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Joseph Lopreato

Obituary for Joseph Lopreato

July 13, 1928 - March 25, 2015
Georgetown, Texas | Age 86


Joseph Lopreato, loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was a true modern day renaissance man; deeply intelligent, quick-witted, knowledgeable, and joyful. He was a skillful chef and enjoyed hosting dinner parties for his friends and families, regaling them with humorous stories and supplying them with wonderful wines. He was an avid reader, card player, bocce player, boater, fisherman, water and snow skier. He was a source of great strength, comfort, wisdom, and counsel to his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the many students whose lives he positively impacted.

A deeply intelligent man, his parents cultivated in him the love of education. Their aim was to prepare him for the clergy, but he had other ideas. At the age of 18, he embarked on his dream to live in America, emigrating from Italy. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Shortly thereafter, he was naturalized as a Citizen of The United States of America. Joe had an amazing work ethic and through tremendous obstacles earned a Ph.D. from Yale University. He taught and lectured at various universities in the USA and abroad, and published a dozen books and monographs plus numerous papers in several languages.

His scholarly contributions spanned various fields of theory and research, including migration and underdevelopment, social inequality and change, political sociology, the sociological classics, the philosophy of science, and evolutionary demography, among others. Joseph Lopreato was one of the first sociologists to take up the challenge from behavioral evolutionary biology ("sociobiology") to work toward a synthesis of the biological and sociocultural disciplines. He is accordingly best known for his work as a human sociobiologist.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Carolyn, son, Greg, daughter, Marisa, son-in-law Alan, as well as his two grandchildren Alan II and Scott – who were his pride and joy.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, sisters Grazia and Francesca, and cousin, Caterina.

A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, April 1st, 2:00 p.m., at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to type 1 diabetes research.

He was dearly loved by friends and family and the world is a little emptier without his splendid presence. We miss you, Dad/Nonno/Zio!

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  • In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to type 1 diabetes research.

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