Lucio D'Andrea, President Emeritus and Board Member
is native of Roccamandolfi in the region of Molise, Italy.
immigrated to the U.S. in 1948 along with his
brother Joseph and mother Candida to join his
father, who lived in Pittsburgh, Pa. As was typical for numerous immigrants entering the U.S at that time, Lucio
began the process of learning English.
Upon completion of his secondary school education, he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1957 with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering and a commission as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Upon completion of his
military service, he
moved to Wyoming to work for an oil company.
He later returned East and accepted a position with the Federal Power Commission in Washington, D.C.
He served in a number of government agencies and in 1986 he accepted an appointment by the Secretary General of the United Nations to serve as Senior Economic Officer with the Economic Commission of Europe in Geneva, Switzerland, becoming deputy director of its Energy Division.
He retired from the ECE in 1983 and entered private practice as an energy consultant.
long professional and military career, he
received numerous awards and recognitions.
One which he
is particularly proud of proud is the "Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy", which he
received in 1972 for his
involvement with the Italian Cultural Society
in promoting Italian culture in the Washington D.C. area.
has maintained a steadfast commitment to the promotion and development of Italian cultural traditions and values.
One of his
causes is to defend that heritage against degradation and negative stereotyping of Italians and Italian-Americans, which regrettably still surface in American society
Being proud of his
heritage demonstrated with Lucio
having taken the initiative to establish in the Washington, D.C. area the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society
Lucio remains active in the Italian American community by also being a member of OSIA, the National Italian American Foundation, COPILAS(Council for the Promotion of the Italian Language) and COMITESDC (Committee to Represent Italians Abroad) established by Government of Italy..Continuing his commitment to the promotion of Italian culture, Lucio recently established the Italian Heritage Society of St..
ary of Sorrows in Fairfax, Va, the parish that the D'Andrea family joined in 1969, when they settled in the area.
is married to Edvige, a native of Pacentro, in Abruzzo