University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Duca’s Passing Mourned by Campus Community

Pitt-Johnstown Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Duca passed away on January 10, 2019.

Pitt-Johnstown expresses heartfelt appreciation for his talented and dedicated contributions to the education of thousands of students who have gone on to make a difference in our  world.

We appreciate his service to his colleagues in the division of humanities, the university, and to the broader community.

University colleagues who were acquainted with Dr. Duca knew him as not just a learned person but someone who was always willing to share his knowledge with students and colleagues. 

Dr. Marty Rice commented that "Being fluent in Spanish, French and Italian, as well as teaching courses in all three, Bob was a one man language department.  It was my extreme pleasure to have been his colleague for slightly more than ten years from the time I first came to this institution."

Dr. Diane Nicodemus said she “especially appreciated his warm and friendly greetings… He was a kind, intelligent, and highly-spirited teacher and colleague. He will be missed by his many friends and former colleagues and students.”

Dr. Duca joined Pitt-Johnstown as full-time faculty in the Humanities Division in 1969 and retired as associate professor in June 1998.  He returned to the university as part-time faculty until December 2005.

On behalf of the university community, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.

Arrangements are being handled by Duca Funeral Home.