Remembering Rick Nasca


Remembering Rick Nasca

Rick was a champion for our industry and for optics education.

Rick became involved in APOMA in the late 80's, always willing to share ideas, ask the question, make an introduction, or offer his support.

He worked with the Corning Foundation, which has allowed the Monroe Community College optics program to flourish, providing the workforce that our growing companies need, and a career path for those who hadn't thought college was right for them.

As a devoted supporter of the optics industry and its future, Rick was a familiar, friendly face that could always be found at events. Rick was a true friend, one of the good guys.

The impression Rick left on individuals and the industry was evident as hundreds gathered to support his wife Mariellen and their two daughters at his funeral honoring his memory. We are committed to carrying on his work.


“Rick will be missed by all of us."
~ James Sydor

“Our Dear Friend - Rick will be missed forever."
~ Justin J. Mahanna

“Rick worked tirelessly as an advocate for our industry and our association. I was fortunate to know him."
~ Kirk Warden

“Rick was one of the good guys. He worked his way up, and saw everyone he worked with as important."
~ Michele Nichols

“Rick was such a generous and caring man. He always went out of his way to make sure people felt appreciated. "
~ Beth Shope

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