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Old 10-18-2005, 13:14 PM
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Col Joseph File USMC (ret), 82, Princeton, NJ

PENNINGTON -- Colonel Joseph File, USMC (Ret.), 82, died Saturday at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Lecce, Italy, his family immigrated to New York when he was six years old and he resided in Lawrenceville for 43 years before moving to Pennington just over three years ago.

Dr. File graduated Stuyvesant High School in New York in 1940. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1944. He then received his M.S. in Physics and then his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics in 1968, both from Columbia University. He was given an Honorary Doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Lecce in Italy where he was also given honorary citizenship and the key to the city.

Dr. File was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict having retired in 1974 with the rank of colonel.

Dr. File retired in 1993 after 37 years of loyal service to Princeton University and the Plasma Physics Laboratory where he had attained the position of research senior with the rank of professor.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #414, president of the Lawrence Italian-American Civic Association, the Marine Corps League of Trenton and founding member and president of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for which he also served as chairman of the board. He served on the Lawrence Township Board of Education for six years and in 1993 was asked by the Lawrence Township mayor to serve as the permanent Grand Marshall of its Memorial Day Parade. He was also listed in the Who's Who in America, the World and in Science and Engineering.

In 1958 Dr. File was sent as an official State Department Delegate to the Second Atoms for Peace conference in Geneva, Switzerland. He was appointed one of four Americans who were chosen to tour the Soviet Union to exchange ideas with USSR's Superconducting Magnet Scientists during the Nixon administration and was a Fulbright Scholar for Cultural Exchange in 1978. He conducted the original research which ultimately led to the development of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging device, or the MRI. Some of Dr. File's research has been displayed in the Smithsonian Institute.

Dr. File was awarded the rank of Commander in the "Order of Merit of the Republic" by the president of Italy, the highest honor given to any foreign citizen by the Italian Government. He received the Fermi Foundation Achievement Award from Grumo Appula, Italy for his scientific endeavors, the Humanitarian Award from the Chapel of Four Chaplains, the Distinguished Service Award as a member of the Board of Education of Lawrence Township and the Distinguished Service and Meritorious Awards as a delegate to Mercer County Veterans Council.

Son of the late Carlo and Laura Nuzzi File, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Dorothy Richards File; one son, Joseph C. File and his wife Karen Maru; two daughters, Laurel M. File and Jeannette File-Lamb and her husband Craig Lamb; six grandchildren, Charles and Michael File, Meghan Kreger and her husband Michael Poller, Carl Kreger III and Trevor and Blair Lamb; one great-grandson, Samuel Poller; a sister, Joan Mangones; and two nephews.

The funeral will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday from Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Ann, Lawrenceville.

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton.

Friends may call from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 3008, Princeton, NJ 08543-3008.
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