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In addition, and most important to Kathie Azzariti, his widow, he was a generous father and husband.
Kathie Azzariti underwrote the John F. Azzariti Memorial Lecture, “Trulli: the wonders of Puglia, Italy,” presented by Patrizia Farina, a professor of Italian at the university.
Azzariti chose the subject to honor her husband because Puglia is the region where John’s parents were born.
Puglia, located in the heel of the Italian boot, boasts 800 miles of coast on the Adriatic Sea. The beaches are white sand and the fields are fertile with olive groves and grape vineyards. Puglia produces the majority of Italy’s olive oil and also originated the pasta known as orichiette, or “little ear.”
Kathie Azzariti said that of her husband’s many interests, he was most proud to be Italian, and his parent’s roots in Corato, Bari, in the Puglia region were a profound influence.
A wonderful ambassador for WCSU, John helped many students over the past 20 years launch their careers in accounting. As the managing partner of the Stamford office of KPMG, John led the way in attracting the attention of major public accounting firms to the university. He not only gave students a chance by hiring them when they graduated, but he also mentored many during their careers
John served as chairman of the board of directors of the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, and was a member of the boards of directors of The Business Council of Fairfield County, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Stamford, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and the Ridgewood Country Club.
Graduates celebrating their 50th anniversary as graduates of Danbury State Teacher’s College in 1959 were: Eleanor (Kernicky) Adzima, Carol (Wilson) Lovell and Barbara (Arnold) Susnitzky; celebrating their 55th anniversary were: Elizabeth (Casassa) Comcowich, Jean (Griffin) Kelley and Shirley (Gardner) Peknik; and celebrating their 60th anniversary were Virginia (Pearson) Ciccarone and Elizabeth (Dioguardi) Darragh.
During the sit-down lunch that was also attended by university officials and members of the WCSU Alumni Association, those celebrating milestone anniversaries were each presented with a Golden Circle picture frame.