JAMES A. INCIARDI, Co-Director
of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of
Delaware and Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice died on Monday,
November 23, 2009 after a prolonged and courageous battle with
multiple myeloma. Jim was born in Brooklyn on November 28, 1939 and
spent his youth and young adulthood in New York City and its Boroughs.
Wherever he lived and worked in later years, New York City remained
central to his identity. He graduated from Fordham University and had
an early and varied career as a jazz drummer and parole officer for the
City of New York. In the late 1960s he went to work for Carl Chambers
at the New York State Narcotic Addiction Control Commission and entered
graduate school at New York University.
In 1991, Jim
founded the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies (CDAS) at the University
of Delaware within the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in
the College of Arts and Sciences. The mission he established for CDHS
is the production, dissemination, and utilization of scientific
knowledge in preventing and treating substance abuse and other health
risk behaviors among hard-to-reach populations of youths and adults.
Over the years the Center has grown in both size and in the scope of its
studies. The Center supports a number of graduate students, faculty
associates, and part time researchers as well as its full time staff.
Jim remained a very active Co-Director of the Center till his death.
long scholarly career of over 40 years, Jim published over 500 articles,
chapters, books, and monographs in the areas of substance abuse,
criminology, criminal justice, history, folklore, public policy, AIDS,
medicine, and law. His scholarly publications included several seminal
papers on the epidemiology of crack cocaine use, as well as the
effectiveness of prison-based substance abuse treatment for
drug-involved offenders. This body of scholarly work will be an enduring
memorial to him. He was a revered colleague and engaged in extensive
consulting work both nationally and internationally. Even more
important than his professional work is the living memorial that remains
among his professional friends and colleagues. He was a “translational
scientist” long before the term came into vogue, interested in moving
ideas into tested strategies and then disseminating the knowledge and
practices for use in real-world settings. He could move effectively and communicate clearly
with academic, professional, and government audiences. In the process
he built a wealth of friends in university settings, departments of
correction, and government agencies such as NIDA, SAMHSA, CDC, and
ONDCP. They will miss him and strive to carry on his work.
Jim loved jazz, scuba diving, traveling and collecting art from Latin
America. Although his battle with cancer curtailed many of these
activities in recent years, he remained remarkably positive and upbeat,
and never gave up hope in his fight. He is survived by his wife,
collaborator and partner, Hilary Surratt, and by his three children,
Craig, Brooks, and Kristin. He is also survived by his sister Anne
Cifu, his daughters-in-law Joan and Lynne, and his grandchildren
Allegra, Brooks, Anastasia, and Alessandra.