Joseph Henry LaCasce ’46 died on September 30, 2007, in Ellsworth after a long illness.
Born on January 2, 1926, he prepared for college at Fryeburg Academy and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1946 cum laude, he taught math and coached tennis at Hebron Academy in Maine from 1946-48 and at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H., from 1948-52. He received his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1957 and, after an internship and a three-year residency program, he was appointed to the staff at the Tufts University School of Medicine and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston for two years. In 1963, he moved to Ellsworth, where he was chief of medicine at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and practiced internal medicine for the next 33 years. He retired in 1996. He was a trustee of Black House at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and had been on the board of directors of the Pine Ridge School in Williston,Vt. He is survived by his wife,W. Deanna LaCasce, whom he married in 1963; a son, Joseph H. LaCasce, Jr. ’86 of Oslo, Norway; two daughters, Ann S. LaCasce ’87 of Needham, Mass., and Barbara LaCasce of Surry; two brothers, Elroy O. LaCasce, Jr. ’44 of Brunswick and Steward LaCasce of Tucson, Ariz.; and four grandchildren. Another brother, Charles R. LaCasce ’50 died on October 6, 2007.