Upon graduating from Fordham University in 1942 (B.S.) Joseph entered the U.S. Navy Flight Training Program, received his "Wings of Gold'' and was. commissioned as 2nd Lt. U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific area during World War II. After separation from the service in 1946- he continued "week-end" flying with his squadron at Floyd Bennett Field Naval Air Station. In 1960, as a member of a Marine Corps Intelligence Unit, he completed his Masters Comprehensive after two years of study at St. John University Graduate School of Asian Studies, specializing in area study of China, Japan and India. This was followed by a two year study of the Turkish Language and customs.


Joseph served as President of Fordham University College of Pharmacy Alumni and became Vice-Chairman of the University Alumni Federation, serving on the President's Board.


He was associated as Vice President and member of the Executive Board of the Ocean Club, Inc. of Atlantic Beach, L.I.

He has been President of The Polish Gift of Life Committee since 1988 and is currently a member of Ampola, Pulaski Business and Professional Men, Inc., Polish American Health Association (Washington, D.C.) and recently inducted into the National Polish American Medical Society (Alexandria, VA).

He is also a member of The Kosciuszko Foundation and was Chairperson together with his wife, Julia, for The Kosciuszko Foundation Debutante Ball in 1990.

He is also active in Veterans Organizations, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Inc. as well as professional and Academic Alumni Associations.


Joseph retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of Major. The Czestochowskis have a son, Joseph, who is Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his wife, Debra (who is Public Information Director of Cornell College) and their son, Stefan. Joseph Jr. is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Kosciuszko Foundation.


Their daughter, Victoria, is a Registered Nurse (N.Y.U. Medical Center) and very active in the Polish Gift of Life. Her husband, Kevin, is a Field Engineer with Eastman Kodak Co. They have two lovely daughters Heather and Caitlin.


His wife, Julia (nee Skowron) was a former pianist for Rada Oświatowa, Matusz Folk Dance Group, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Maria Konopnicka Supplementary Polish Schools and Kasa Pomocy. Julia is active in the Polish Gift of Life and serves as a Volunteer worker with The Kosciuszko Foundation and also assists The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America.

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