Nicholas J. Cinciotta, Senate shorthand reporter, dies at 99

March 12

Nicholas J. Cinciotta, an official reporter of debates for the U.S. Senate from 1954 to 1974, died Jan. 19 at Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville. He was 99.

The cause was pneumonia, said his daughter, Linda Cinciotta Olguin.

After an early career as a shorthand reporter employed by private Washington companies, Mr. Cinciotta was a shorthand reporter for the U.S. District Court in Washington from 1946 to 1954. He then spent 20 years in the Senate and continued worked as a freelancer until 1979. He was a longtime resident of the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring.

Nicholas Joseph Cinciotta was a New York native and graduated in 1933 from a shorthand reporting school in Brooklyn. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

He was a member of the choir at Our Lady of Grace Church in Silver Spring.

His wife of 63 years, LaVerne Oakley Cinciotta, died in 2004. Survivors include his wife of eight years, Lydia Evan of Silver Spring; three daughters from his first marriage, Linda Cinciotta Olguin of Rockville, Cathleen Cameron of Haymarket, Va., and Ruth Lobe of Ellicott City, Md.; two sisters; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Samantha Raphelson