Joseph M. Joe Magliochetti, 61, passed away on Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, following a sudden, severe illness. He died peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children.
Mr. Magliochetti served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Dana Corporation, but to many Dana employees he was known simply as Joe Mag. And the informality of this moniker fit with the warm, personal management style he embodied and the lasting relationships he cultivated with people throughout the world.
A devoted and loving husband and father, Mr. Magliochetti enjoyed 37 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Kathleen, and was the proud father of daughter Amy (Dr. Matthew) Bowes, sons Joseph (Courtney) Magliochetti and Andrew Magliochetti, and grandfather of Emma Bowes.
Mr. Magliochetti was born in suburban Chicago, Ill., attended the University of Illinois, and served several years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He began his career in the automotive industry with the Victor Manufacturing Company of Chicago in 1966 as a management trainee. Following Dana Corporations 1967 acquisition of Victor, he earned a series of promotions spanning a variety of Dana divisions. During the early 1980s, he served as president of Dana Europe, with responsibility for all company operations in Europe and the Middle East. In 1985, he returned to the United States as group vice president of North American Operations. He was promoted to president of Dana Corporation in 1996, and was elected to the companys Board of Directors later that year. In 1997, he was elected Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Magliochetti was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Dana in 1999. In 2000, he was elected as the sixth chairman of the Dana Corporation.
Along with his service to Dana, Mr. Magliochetti played a leadership role in many business and civic initiatives – both locally and nationally. He served on the boards of directors of BellSouth and CIGNA Corporation, and previously served on the boards of directors of AMP and Cooper Tire and Rubber. He was also a member of the U.S Business Roundtable and its Policy Committee, and a member and former chairman of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) board of directors. He served on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and was a member of the U.S.-Japan Business Council and the MEMA/JAMA Liaison Committee to cultivate automotive trade relations with Japan. In 2002, Mr. Magliochetti was awarded the Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Citation in honor of his contributions to the motor vehicle industry, as well as the MEMA Triangle Award, which recognized his leadership and advocacy on behalf of the automotive industry.
Locally, Mr. Magliochetti was actively involved in numerous community organizations, including the United Way of Greater Toledo, for which he served as the 2002 Toledo-Area Campaign Chairman. He also served as chairman of the Toledo Symphony board, chairman of the St. Vincent Medical Center board, and was a member of the boards of directors of the Toledo Museum of Art and Center of Science and Industry (COSI). He also chaired the Dana Foundation, helping to direct the companys community giving.
Family and friends will fondly recall his sharp sense of humor, generous nature, and commitment to living life with integrity and humility. His dedication to helping others will be particularly missed by those young people whom he befriended and mentored throughout his life.
In particular, Mr. Magliochetti enjoyed bringing friends and relatives together at the family home in Northern Michigan, where his spirit will always be remembered.
Mr. Magliochetti was preceded in death by his mother, Antoinette, and father, Joseph. In addition to his wife, children and grandchild, he is survived by his sisters, June Kriviskey, Diane (John) Wollney, and Betti Dusik.
The family will receive friends from 2-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 West Sylvania Ave. in Toledo. A memorial and funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at Historic St. Patricks Catholic Church, 130 Avondale Ave., in Toledo.
The family has requested that any memorial donations be made to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, 3860 North Long Lake Rd., Suite D, Traverse City, Mich. 49684.