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John P. De Cecco
(1925 - living) U.S.A.

John P. De Cecco

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De Cecco was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. Being Catholic and the son of Italian immigrants set him apart from the mostly Protestant and established American students at Allegheny College, where he took his degree in biology in 1946. But it was there that he began to come to terms with his homosexuality.

He continued his studies at the Unievrsity of Pennsylvania, where he received master's and doctor's degrees in English and Modern European History. He then taught history at the University of Detroit until his doctrinal differences with the Jesuit administration became too apparent.

At the same time he pursued post-doctoral studies in psychology at Wayne State University and later at Michigan State University, where he eventually received an appointment in its faculty of Educational Psychology; he taught there from 1955 to 1960, when he left to escape the widespread purges of "homosexuals".

He has been a member of the Psychology Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU) since 1960; he also taught at Columbia University. Author of about ten books, De Cecco is perhaps best known as the editor of the long-running Journal of Homosexuality, a post he has held since 1977.

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excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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