The Rochester Optics Community has lost a beloved member of our family.  Rick Nasca died suddenly on Tuesday night, December 2nd.  He was only 57.

Rick spent his entire career at Tropel, and was optical manufacturing / finishing technology leader.  He was passionate about optics education and devoted a great deal of time to MCC’s program on behalf of Corning, recognizing and rewarding students in the industry, and encouraging young people to pursue careers in optics.  He was past president of APOMA (American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association).

Rick leaves behind a wife and two daughters that he adored, a family and friends that will miss him dearly, as well as all of us in the optics community.

Rick’s obituary is here.

SPIE Memorialized Rick Here.

Miss you, buddy.

Richard Nasca
February 14, 1958 – December 2, 2015


Friends gathered on Friday, December 4th to celebrate his life.

Rick’s service was on Saturday, December 5 at  10:00am


2 Responses
  1. diehlrgs

    It’s hard for me to express how saddening this is. Rick was supportive of me, professionally and personally, through difficult times. I will always remember him as unrelenting when pursuing a goal. I am so glad I got to work with him.

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