Coccia Institute

The Passing of Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr.

The Montclair State University community mourns the passing on January 3, 2013, of Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr., a loyal friend and founder of the University’s Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America. The members of the Advisory Board of the Coccia Institute count themselves among the very fortunate who were privileged to know and admire Cav. Coccia—including faculty, members of countless Italian and Italian American organizations, and, most important, students of Italian language and culture at all levels


The Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute is a component of Montclair State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is named in honor of Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr. and his wife Elda.

In founding the Coccia Institute, Mr. and Mrs. Coccia and Montclair State University share the vision for an entity with the flexibility to respond to new opportunities as well as network and collaborate with existing organizations in areas of shared interest.

The Institute's Director, Dr. Mary Ann Re, along with the Coccia's and the University, welcomes promising new concepts that support the Institute's mission.

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