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James Rongoe Jr., 64, Darien Structural Engineer

DARIEN, Conn. – James J. Rongoe Jr. of Darien died Aug. 9 at Stamford Hospital. He was 64.

Rongoe was born Jan. 16, 1948, in Stamford to Carmella Rongoe and the late James J. Rongoe Sr. A native of Stamford, he graduated from King School. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from Columbia University. He also completed graduate studies at Cornell University and Hofstra University.

Rongoe established Rongoe Engineers LLC, a structural engineering firm, in 1980. He chaired the Connecticut Code advisory committee and served on the International Building Code structural advisory committee.

He served on the technical committees of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction, National Council of Structural Engineering Association and the International Code Council.

Rongoe also authored numerous technical papers and journal articles. He served on the board of directors of the James Delahey Foundation for the Advancement of Structural Engineering Education. He has a U.S. patent for a composite girder system.

He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Structural Engineers Coalition of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut, marking his induction into the Connecticut Structural Engineers Hall of Fame.

Rongoe's family said he was a devoted, caring, and kind-hearted father who was actively involved in his children's academic, athletic and social lives. He supported the Darien Junior Football League.

In his free time, Rongoe enjoyed playing tennis and working on his house and in the yard. He was a Knight of Columbus and proud of his Italian-American heritage.

He is survived by three children, Christine (Bradley) Osborn, of Glen Rock, N.J., Catherine Rongoe, of Washington D.C., and Nicholas (Toni-Ann) Rongoe, of Darien; two granddaughters; and his longtime companion, Debra Rosenblum, of Norwalk.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Church in Darien. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

Memorial donations may be made to the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, c/o Stamford Health Foundation, 1351 Washington Blvd., Suite 202, Stamford, CT 06902, or Whittingham Cancer Center, 24 Stevens Street, Norwalk, CT 06850.

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