Brother Richard Joachim DeMaria, C.F.C.

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Brother Richard Joachim DeMaria, C.F.C., who served at Iona College in New Rochelle for 17 years, died June 20. He was 78.

At Iona, Brother DeMaria served as vice president and dean of students, among other roles, 1972-1989.

He also served in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Florida, and in Africa.

Born in Wadsworth, Ohio, he entered the Congregation of Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 1958 and professed final vows in 1967.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in science education from Iona College, and a master’s in theology and Ph.D. in religious studies from St. Michael’s College, TorontoHis sisters, Sister Gail DeMaria, C.S.J.P., Elizabeth Sobon and Joann Mulqueen, survive him.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated June 26 in Holy Family Church, New Rochelle. Burial was in Christian Brothers Cemetery, West Park.