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Ralph Joseph Menconi


Born in Union City, New Jersey. Attended Hamilton College 1932-33; National Academy of Design 1933-36. Received BFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts in 1939. Served with the Corps of Engineers during WW II. Married Marjorie Livingston Ewen October 12, 1946. They had a son and a daughter. Served as village trustee 1959 to 1964 and police commissioner 1960 to 1964. Received DFA from Hamilton College in 1971.

He is known to have designed about 500 medals. These included the Nixon Inaugural medal and several medals for the U.S. Apollo space flight program. Served on the American Bicentennial Commission for coins and medals. Named "Sculptor of the year" by the ANA in 1971.

He designed the 1972 Bicentennial Medal.

He died at home in Pleasantville, New York.

bio: Fielding; P-F (*gives DOB as 6/15/1915); WWWA-6

obit: CW 12/6/72 (photo); NN 12/12/72


Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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