- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Joseph John Ognibene, a career teacher, died May 18 from congestive heart failure at the home of his daughter in Warrenton, Va. He was 84.

Mr. Ognibene was born in New York City. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Mr. Ognibene attended Brockport Teachers College in upstate New York, and later attended Hofstra University for a master’s degree in library science.

He had developed his passion for teaching children while working at summer camps.

During his 28 years teaching in the Lawrence school district in New York and four years part-time in Fairfax County, Mr. Ognibene was an advocate of instructional change.

He championed use of audiovisual technologies as teaching tools, helped to develop the school’s general organization and its student leaders, and helped to produce newsletters and programs that strengthened school spirit.

As a resident of Burke since 1979, Mr. Ognibene volunteered at Fairfax Hospital, was active in his community and church, and continued to pursue his many hobbies, including gardening, golf, woodworking and home improvement, art, poetry and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy; five sons, Michael Ognibene of Stafford, Va., John Ognibene of Chesterfield, Va., Peter Ognibene of Leesburg, Va., James Ognibene of Salem, Mass., and Daniel Ognibene of Courtland, Va.; a daughter, Anne Staudt of Warrenton, Va.; and 12 grandchildren.

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