Ronald A. Cucina, 66

Civil engineer, musician

April 06, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Ronald Anthony Cucina, a retired civil engineer who had worked with the Army Corps of Engineers for 37 years, died of lung cancer Tuesday at his Perry Hall home. He was 66.

Mr. Cucina was born and raised in Baltimore. He was a 1960 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1965.

He began his career with Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District in 1964 and rose to assistant chief of its operating division.

Mr. Cucina's responsibilities included maintaining waterways for shipping, flood control, wetlands, and dams. He retired in 2001.

While working for the corps of engineers, he met his future wife, Andrea Poteet, a realty specialist, whom he married in 1964.

"We both retired on the same day," Mrs. Cucina said.

Mr. Cucina, who wrote music, was also an accomplished guitarist and pianist.

In his youth, Mr. Cucina was the lead singer for the Vibratones and the Sierras, who performed at Baltimore-area social functions during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

He enjoyed golfing and was a Ravens fan.

Mr. Cucina was a communicant of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, Parkville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered at 9:30 a.m. yesterday.

Also surviving are two sons, Ronald A. Cucina of Albany, Ga., and Mark R. Cucina of Westminster; two brothers, Vincent R. Cucina of Westlake Village, Calif., and Glenn J. Cucina of Ellicott City; and three grandsons.

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