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Joseph Capachietti
(March 21, 1929 - August 21, 2012)

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Joseph Capachietti

Capachietti, Joseph-Of Everett, Massachusetts, passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. For nearly 40 years, Joe served as a professor of Figure and Anatomical Drawing at both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. During his lifetime, he was widely acknowledged to be a master figure draftsman and artist by his peers, by those who have collected his art, and by his former students. In addition to his professorial work at Tufts and the Museum School, Joe taught drawing for the Saturday Classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts from 1948 until 1968. While teaching at the Museum, he drew the illustrations for an MFA booklet “American Marine Paintings” and also served as the Director of the Children’s Art Program at the Fitchburg Museum for many years. Among his many artistic accomplishments, while serving in the United States Marine Corps in the 1950s, his design for the new Marine Corps ring (the Iwo Jima monument relief image) was ultimately selected from a pool of several hundred applicants and commissioned by the USMC. Many of his drawings and paintings now exist as parts of several renowned private and public collections, including the former director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Perry Rathbone, Mrs. E. Ross Anderson of Analex Corp., Mr. and Mrs. William Osgood, a former Trustee of the MFA, the Fitchburg Art Museum collection, Hilles Library at Radcliffe College, and the Museum School Gallery. Joe received many awards including a Ford Foundation Grant, and a Mellon Grant to mention a few. He is survived by his sisters, Dora Tenerillo, of Everett, Massachusetts, and Phyllis Cordina, of Charleston, South Carolina, as well as his many beloved nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a funeral from the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, on Thursday, August 30th., at 9 AM, followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett, at 10 AM. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-8 PM. Services will conclude with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.


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