Joseph N. Rizzi, Jr., Vice President and Principal at Hazen and Sawyer, Dies at Age 89

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April 24, 2014

Joseph N. Rizzi, Jr., P.E., F.ASCE, a World War II veteran who served as vice president and principal of Hazen and Sawyer, an environmental engineering consulting firm, passed away on March 30 at the age of 89. Born on September 1, 1924, in Tarrytown, New York, Rizzi graduated from Washington Irving High School (today Sleepy Hollow High School) in 1941. He attended Curtis Wright Technical Institute in Glendale, California, but with the U.S. entering World War II, Rizzi joined the Army Air Corps in March 1943, where he served in the Allied invasion of Italy. At the conclusion of the war, Rizzi continued his education, receiving a civil engineering degree from New York University. Spending most of his career as an environmental civil engineer, his project work took him both nationally and internationally, principally in Central and South America. Employed by the firm of Hazen and Sawyer, he rose to become vice president and principal and was involved with opening the company’s Southeast region office in 1968. When he retired in December 1986, he was a licensed professional engineer in 7 states and held life memberships in ASCE and the American Water Works Association. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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