John DeLuca was born in Wayne County, North Carolina, in July, 1956. He was legally blind at birth due to a childhood form of glaucoma, which progressed to total blindness in the years that followed.
In the late summer of 1962, John enrolled at the Governor Morehead School in Raleigh, North Carolina, and graduated in June, 1974. Afterward, he obtained an undergraduate degree in history from Duke University and a law degree from the Stanford University School of Law.
Since that time, John has worked as an attorney for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. From 1993 to 2003, he served as Director of the North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind. Prior to his retirement from the State government in late 2010, he served for the seven preceding years as a deputy commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
Following his retirement, John has been a member and President of the Raleigh Host Lions Club, a member of the Governor Morehead School Human Rights Committee, a member of the Board of Directors for Arts Access of North Carolina, and a member/volunteer for the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music (PineCone).
Earlier this year, he was appointed to serve on the Governor Morehead School Board of Trustees.
His interests include music, sports, reading, travel, and dining.