In Memoriam: Joe Basile

In Memoriam: Joe Basile

On June 15, 2019, Joseph John Basile, beloved husband of Monica Sylvester and devoted father of Nicholas Basile and Emma Basile, passed away following nearly a year of treatment for a brain tumor. Joe is survived by his wife, children, mother Lisa Basile and brother John (Lisa) Basile. He was a dear son in law of Daniel & Mary Sylvester, and brother in law of Janine (Scott) Lill, Susanne (Christopher) Falcone and Joseph (Lindsey) Sylvester. He will be missed by his nieces and nephews, Brian Lill, Michael Falcone, Samantha Lill, Robby Basile, Mia Falcone, Sara Basile and Matthew Falcone. Joe was preceded in death by his father Joseph Basile.

Joe was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Our Lady of Angels School and was a 1983 graduate of Xavarian High School in Brooklyn. Joe graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a degree in Archaeological Studies in 1987. He completed his Doctorate in Old World Archaeology and Art from Brown University in 1992. Joe has been a professor of Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) since 1994. He served as Associate Dean of Liberal Art from 2011 to 2018. Joe acted as the Associate Director of the Brown University excavations of the Great Temple at Petra Jordan. He also excavated sites in Corfu, Greece, Rome, and Cetamura, Italy. 

Joe enjoyed traveling and, with his family, visited London, Paris, Florence, Rome, Budapest, Cairo, Amman, Istanbul and last summer San Francisco. He also enjoyed cooking, the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austen, collecting flags, visiting museums, Pokémon Go, and rooting for New York sport teams.


Most of all Joe loved and was loved by his family. He was dedicated to his children. He always supported and celebrated their interests and accomplishments. He will be dearly missed.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at St. Mary of the Assumption, 5502 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212. Visitation will precede the mass at the church from 10:00 am.-11:00 am. An account has been created for the education of his children and donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Joseph Basile Childrens Fund, c/o Sun East Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 2231, Aston, PA 19014.

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