Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of Paul Procopio
September 7, 2013
10:00 am-12:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Please join us for brief on-campus memorial meeting of friends, former co-workers and family of Paul Procopio to celebrate his life and roles of Alumnus, Professor, Husband, Father, and Friend. Followed by a light reception.
Paul Procopio, 94, formerly of Brockton, Amherst and Southbridge, Massachusetts as well as Florida, died peacefully on May 12, 2013. Born in Brockton, Mr. Procopio graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1941 with a B.A. in Landscape Architecture, then in 1954 with an M.S. in Horticulture. During WWII, Mr. Procopio was a civilian camouflage designer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For 36 years, he was a Professor of Landscape Design at the University of Massachusetts, retiring as Associate Head of the Department in 1983. For many years, he was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and in 1983 was invested, as a Fellow of the ASLA for excellence in Professional School Education. He was known and respected by his colleagues and students as "one of the greatest humanists in the history of the department."
After retiring, Mr. Procopio and his wife moved to Florida, returning to Massachusetts in 2007. In addition to time spent with family, which he cherished above all else, Mr. Procopio enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and traveling.