Dr. Joseph Augustine Wiecha, a linguist and educator, and developer of the Wiecha Progressive-Reflex method of teaching foreign languages, died on April 29, in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Joseph A. Wiecha was born on September 20, 1926 in Chorzów, Poland. He served as an officer in the 2nd Polish Corps of the British VIII Army, 1944-1947, and was decorated with the Bronze Polish Army Medal, the British Defense medal, the French Star, and the Star of Italy.
He received his Bachelor’s degree with first class honors from the National University of Ireland in 1950, where he won two silver medals in the discus, and silver and bronze medals in the shot put.
Wiecha came to the United States in 1955 and received a Doctor of Philosophy with distinction from New York University in 1963. He was an instructor of German at New York University, and a lecturer in German and humanities at Harvard University.
At the State University of New York, he was Department Chairman of Germanic and Slavic languages and literature, and a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus.
An avid sailor, amateur carpenter, builder of sea walls, and a raconteur with an exuberant zest for life, Joseph A. Wiecha is survived by three sons, John Moore of Wellesley Massachusetts; Charles Francis of Hastings on Hudson, NY; Joseph Damian Moore of Montreal; and five grandchildren. His wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen Moore, passed away in 2010 at their home in Marathon, Florida.