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Lucia Capodilupo

Lucia Capodilupo, who served for six years as Director in TC’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, died in July. Capodilupo was a major force in advancing the College’s research and community outreach programs. She was also the author of a widely read book on spiritualism and weight loss; an ordained minister who had presided at the weddings of TC co-workers; the holder of a Ph.D. in Russian literature from Yale; and an admired and much-loved family member, friend and colleague. “Lucia’s death is a tragic loss, but her life is one to admire, as she was living it to the fullest,” wrote TC President Susan Fuhrman in a message to the community. A memorial service for Capodilupo was held in September in TC’s Milbank Chapel. To read comments about Capodilupo by friends and colleagues, visit http://blogs.tc.columbia.edu/lucia.
Anthony M. Constanzo (M.A., 1963) passed away in December 2008. A World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Force, Costanzo was a professional musician who toured the country as a drummer during the Big Band era, most notably with Blue Barron and his orchestra. Costanzo worked for the Chicago Sun Times as a reporter, department editor and columnist. He subsequently pursued a public relations career in New York with Benton & Bowles, Grant Advertising, Fuller & Smith & Ross, Allied Public Relations, and Dunwoodie Associates.
 
Sydney R. Grant (Ed.D., 1961) died in June 2009. A Professor Emeritus at The Florida State University and a renowned educational leader, Grant also was a long-time member of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES). Grant served in Europe during World War II and then became a classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator in the New York City public schools. In 1964, he joined the Teachers College/USAID project for educational development in Peru.
 
William James Mahoney died in August 2009. An emeritus professor and former chair of TC’s Department of Art and Education at Teachers College, Mahoney—a World War II veteran who earned three TC degrees—inspired legions of students to pursue careers in the arts and in education. Both his wife, Alice Henry Mahoney (M.A., 1978), and a daughter, Ellen Mahoney (Ed.M., 1981; M.A., 1976), also graduated from TC.
 
Elizabeth “Skip” Schaler (M.A., 1940) died in June 2009. Schaler, born Elizabeth Schiltz, was a relief worker with the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in China in the late 1940s. She subsequently worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Washington, and then the UN International Refugee Organization, assisting agencies helping people displaced from camps in Europe to find homes in the United States.
 
In Memoriam
 
For the present, information regarding TC alumni who have passed away is available exclusively on the TC Web site. To view In Memoriam, please visit: www.tc.edu/inmemoriam. 
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