Joseph Mazza

Profile Updated: August 8, 2018
Residing In: Queensbury, NY USA
Spouse/Partner: Danielle
Occupation: Retired Naval Aviator and City Govt Official
Military Service: Navy  
Comments:

Left OHHS at end of sophomore year when my father was transferred to New Orleans. I graduated from De La Salle HS there and went on to the Naval Academy, followed by flight school and a thirty year career as a naval aviator. Had some very interesting tours -- Google “Joseph Mazza Antarctica” for a sampling!

When I retired from the Navy in 1995 I was Professor of Naval Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, which is to say I ran the NROTC program there. After leaving CMU I parlayed a masters degree in Operations Research into a job with the City of Baltimore to set up an analysis unit to look for efficiencies in running a city government. One thing led to another and I ultimately became Baltimore's chief of procurement before retiring for the second time in the summer of 2012. So I am now officially a triple-dipping man of leisure! We're trying to decide where to settle down; my wife Danielle is a naturalized California girl (we had several tours out there) and longs to return, but I’m an East Coast kinda guy and have grown to love Pittsburgh. We’ll see…

I still fly recreationally. We own a small airplane that we really enjoy for trips, including flying to the Bahamas every spring. It makes getting to the laid back out islands (which we prefer to the more frenetic Nassau and Freeport) much easier (and faster!) than having to change to a series of ever smaller commercial carriers to get to them. Owning a plane makes no economic sense whatsoever (don’t we know it!), but having one is fun and gives us a huge amount of flexibility -- plus it never leaves without us and we don’t have to take our shoes off before we get in! It also comes with a built-in social life among the tight knit and international group of fellow owners of this somewhat exotic French-built airplane.

School Story:

Happy memories of the band trip to Chicago. When we moved to New Orleans I applied to be in the band at the first high school I attended there. The band leader didn’t seem too enthusiastic about it and said he might have an old bass clarinet around that I could use. While signing me up he asked where I had gone to school previously, and when I said Oxon Hill his whole attitude changed. He had been at Chicago with the band from New Orleans (Alcee Fortier) and had heard our concert! In short order I had a new instrument and was given first chair – without an audition (fortunately)! Small world.

I fondly remember the good friends and social life of the River Ridge gang. Great time of life, wasn't it?

Joseph's Latest Interactions

Hide Comments
It's Joseph Mazza's birthday today. New comment added.
Jun
02
Jun 02, 2018 at 6:01 PM

Posted on: Jun 02, 2018 at 4:33 AM

Joseph Mazza added a comment on his Profile.
May
23
May 23, 2018 at 9:22 AM
Joseph Mazza added a comment on his Profile.
Mar
19
Mar 19, 2018 at 5:27 PM
Joseph Mazza posted a message.
Feb
11
Feb 11, 2018 at 2:34 PM

Hi MaryEllen. Glad to see you sussessful and prospering. I don’t know if you’ve been following the Message Forum, but Doug Lackey reminded me of a late night adventure we all had meeting up on the steps of Thomas Addison in the dead of night during a sleep over you girls had I think at Susan Russ’s house. Doug and I got busted on the way home by my parents who noticed me missing. Fun days!

Joseph Mazza added a comment on his Profile.
Feb
09
Feb 09, 2018 at 9:51 PM
Joseph Mazza changed his "Now" picture. New comment added.
Feb 09, 2018 at 9:45 PM

Posted on: Feb 09, 2018 at 9:43 PM

Joseph Mazza added a photo to his profile gallery.
Feb 09, 2018 at 9:42 PM
Plane at Frederick, MD.
Feb 09, 2018 at 12:25 AM

Hey Chet! Welcome aboard, Classmate!

Joseph Mazza added a comment on his Profile.
Dec
01
Dec 01, 2017 at 2:07 PM
Joseph Mazza has left an In Memory comment for Rebecca Conrad Yeatman.
Nov
30
Nov 30, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Funny, I don't remember Chris, and I lived in River Ridge and thought I knew pretty much everyone there. Maybe she moved in after I left at the end of 10th grade?

Joseph Mazza updated his profile. View.
Nov 30, 2017 at 7:19 PM
Joseph Mazza has left an In Memory comment for his Profile.
Sep
27
Sep 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM

So sorry to hear.

It's Joseph Mazza's birthday today. New comment added.
Jun 04, 2017 at 12:53 AM

Posted on: Jun 02, 2017 at 4:33 AM

It's Joseph Mazza's birthday today. New comment added.
Jun 03, 2016 at 6:01 AM

Posted on: Jun 02, 2016 at 4:33 AM

Joseph Mazza added a comment on his Profile.
May 31, 2016 at 8:26 PM
It's Joseph Mazza's birthday today. New comment added.
May 29, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Posted on: Jun 02, 2015 at 4:34 AM

Jul 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM
Joseph Mazza added a comment on his Profile.
Jun 04, 2014 at 7:41 AM
Joseph Mazza added a comment on his Profile.
May 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM
Joseph Mazza added a comment on his Profile.
May 29, 2014 at 7:39 PM
Hide Comments
Posted: Feb 09, 2018 at 9:43 PM
Posted: Feb 09, 2018 at 9:42 PM
Plane at Frederick, MD.