A mathematician and writer, Joe graduated from Hotchkiss. At Princeton, he joined Ivy Club, and roomed with Bob Jiranek, Bill Brokaw, and Mike Mooney.
He married Judith Brumley Eckart and left Princeton in December 1950 to serve four years in the Air Force. He earned a Ph.D. in math from Yale in 1959, and taught math at Yale, Wesleyan, and the University of Connecticut until retiring from academia to write textbooks. His text, Calculus: One and Several Variables, written with Einar Hille, went into 10 editions.
He served for many years as a director of Gevaert Photoproducten, a firm founded by his maternal grandfather. He and Judith, who predeceased him, lived in Haddam, Conn. At the time of his death June 2, 2012, he was survived by their four children, Charles, Peter, Elizabeth, and William.