Captain Joseph F. Gustaferro
Joseph F. Gustaferro, 82, a retired
Navy captain and World War II Veteran who after his military
career published an energy forecasting report for the Commerce
Department, died Dec. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had
amytrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Captain Gustaferro, a Fairfax resident for 44 years was a
native of Conneaut, Ohio and an electrical engineering graduate
of Ohio State University. He received a masters degree in
Bio-Radiology from the University of California at Berkeley
and a masters degree in International Affairs from George
He also graduated from the Naval Postgraduate
School in Monterey CA, and the Naval War College in Newport,
He was commissioned in the Navy upon
his graduation from Ohio State and ordered to Pearl Harbor,
where he survived the Japanese attack Dec. 7, 1941. He then
served on destroyers and participated in operations from Guadalcanal
to the carrier air raids on Japan.
He fought in the Korean war where he
commanded a fleet oil tanker and served on the staff of the
chief of naval operations.
Captain Gustaferro commanded the USS
Floyd B. Parks from December of 1954 to December of 1956.
After his retirement from active military
duty in 1965, he worked the next nine years as general manager
and president of defense contractor Computer Command and Control
From 1974 to 1985, he worked for the
Commerce Department as publisher of "Energy for the Rest
of the Century," a report analyzing energy consumption.
He was a chapter president of the Pearl
Harbor Survivors Association and an active member of the National
War College Alumni Association.
His wife, Frances C. Gustaferro, died
Survivors include two children, Barbara
Ricbert of Littleton, CO and Richard Gustaferro of Scottsdale,
Ariz.; two brothers, ,and three granddaughters.