The campus community mourns the passing of Edward “Ed” Mastascusa, who died on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Edward joined the Bucknell faculty in 1968, and, after teaching for 41 years, retired as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering in 2009. Ed received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in the 1980-81 academic year, and he served as department chair for many years during his tenure at Bucknell.
Ed was a 1956 graduate of St. Basil High School. He continued his education at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees by 1964. He served honorably in the U. S. Army. Ed started his teaching career at the University of Wyoming in 1966.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Lewisburg, where he participated in the choir in his earlier years. With his love for singing, Ed was one of the founding members of the West Branch Barbershop Chorus and was active in the Williamsport Community Theatre. He was an avid gardener, who composted before it was cool. Ed was also a published author. He wrote a Control Systems textbook and co-wrote a book titled “Effective Instruction for STEM Disciplines”, which was published in 2011.
Surviving in addition to his beloved wife, Mary, are two sons, Edward Mastascusa ’84 (Lin), of Harleysville and Martin Mastascusa, of Philadelphia; four daughters, Noreen Mastascusa ’83, of Lewisburg, Diana Mastascusa (John Haddad), of Broomfield, Colorado, Maria Law ’90 (Eric), of Collegeville, and Joan Thomas (Melvin), of Trexlertown; one brother, James Mastascusa (Brenda), of Waukesha, Wisconsin; one sister, Joanne Moser, of Naples, Florida; and 11 grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 9 at Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 106 South Second Street, Lewisburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 10 at Sacred Heart Church, 41 South Eighth Street, Lewisburg, with his pastor, the Reverend Monsignor William Richardson, as celebrant. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in the Lewisburg Cemetery columbarium.
The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 55 South Progress Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or online at https://www.cff.org/Get-Involved/Donate.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.
Members of the Bucknell Community are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at bucknell.edu/InMemoriam and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others.
On behalf of the entire Bucknell community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Ed’s family, as well as to all who knew him at Bucknell.
John C. Bravman