Obituary: John Alciati, Former GRACE President & CEO

by Karen Goff May 14, 2015 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

John Alciati/FacebookJohn Alciati, the former President and CEO of the Greater Reston Arts Center, died Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 65.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Lawrence John Alciati Jr. was a longtime Reston resident who also had a home in Wellfleet, Mass.

Alciati led GRACE from 2006 to 2012, but remained on GRACE’s Board of Directors. He also was active in the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR).

He and his wife Marianne were regulars at Reston’s charity, social and arts events. They also enjoyed extensive travel, and just last summer camped their way through Alaska and Western Canada.

At his home on Cape Cod, Alciati worked as a docent at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Alciati was a a graduate of Georgetown University and formerly was an executive at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C.

A memorial service will be held on May 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Church, 1421 Wiehle Ave. in Reston.

Friends may offer condolences on the online guest book at Adams Green Funeral Home’s website.

Photo: John Alciati/Facebook

  • Leila Gordon

    John Alciati was a peach of a human being; I always enjoyed spending time in his company. His contributions to Reston will be a wonderful legacy of his generous, intelligent, fun-loving and warm personality. The arts in Reston were better for the passion and commitment he gave them. My love and heart go out to Marianne, their family and legions of the friends – we will miss him always.

  • Bill Bouie

    A great man, always with a smile on his face and a kind word. Rest in Peace my friend. You will surely be missed, but you have left an indelible mark on the lives of many!!!

  • Eve Thompson

    What a loss- John Alciati was a lovely human. Kind, caring and most of all joyous. Always smiling, frequently laughing. He will be dearly missed.


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