In memory: Joseph Maga

Joseph Andrew Natalino Maga, 75, of Fort Collins, passed away September 15 after a battle with frontotemporal dementia.

Joe was born in New Kensington, PA, on Dec. 25, 1940, to John P. and Rose M. Maga. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in dairy manufacturing from Pennsylvania State University. After several years in industry, he received his Ph.D. in food science from Kansas State University in 1970, when he joined the faculty at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Joe prided himself on being a scientist. He was an internationally known flavor chemist and served as the Director of the Food Research and Development Center at CSU from 1990-1998 and as Head of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition from 1995-1997. Joe authored more than 200 publications and three books, including one written with his colleague Jean-Louis Puech, on the Armagnac region of France.

Joe loved to travel with his wife of 52 years, Andrea. He also loved gardening, wine and spending time with his family, especially his grandsons.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea, of Fort Collins; daughter, Elizabeth, of Sacramento, CA; son, John, daughter-in-law, Pisamai, and grandsons, Poh and Tak of Novato, CA; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Large of New Kensington, PA; and nephew, Scott Large of York, PA.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 29,  at the Hamlet Condominium Clubhouse, 5151 Boardwalk Drive, Fort Collins.

Memorial donations can be made to Elderhaus Fort Collins, UCSF Memory and Aging Center or Pathways Hospice.

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Published in The Coloradoan on Sept. 25, 2016