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JUNIUS CALITRI

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JUNIUS CALITRI - CORNWALL - Junius Calitri of Cornwall died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at the age of 95. Junius Brunus Calitri was born on Nov. 18, 1917, in Bronx, N.Y. His parents, Antonio Calitri and Esther (Leinkram) Calitri were innovators in the development of foreign language programs in public education systems of New York. Junius received his bachelor's degree from New York University in 1939, and his master's degree from Columbia University in 1947. He was married to Klara (Feiner) Calitri in 1943. A world-class swimmer, Junius was the National Junior Swim Champion while at Dee Witt Clinton High School and Captain and coach of his swim team during his time at N.Y.U. He was invited to Tel Aviv to compete in the second Maccabiah Games in 1935, and was also selected for a spot on the United States Olympic Team for the games of 1940. Junius set many records in freestyle while at N.Y.U., some of which stood until the 1980s. Junius started early in public service; he was a Life Guard during the summer, and won the New York City Life Guard Championship in 1939. After moving to Vermont, Junius participated in and won several Master's swimming events. Ever the athlete, Junius was also a tennis enthusiast and continued to play until the middle of his ninety-fourth year. During World War II, Junius was the Chief Ground School Instructor for the Army Air Force in Burlington. After the war, Junius taught physical education and science, settling in Putnam Valley, N.Y., in 1947. He became principal and then superintendent of the Putnam Valley Central Schools, where he was respected as a progressive, compassionate educator. After his retirement in 1974, Junius served as Superintendent for the Garrison School District in Garrison, N.Y., for several years, then "retired" to Vermont in 1980 and became a negotiator for the Vermont School Boards Association. Always civic-minded, Junius was president of the Vermont School Boards Association for several years, served as a member of the Cornwall School Board and as a representative for the School Boards Association to national events, and was an active participant until his death. Junius worked with Counseling Service of Addison County for many years as its past president and current vice-president. Junius Calitri is survived by Klara, his wife of 69 years; son, Ronald Calitri of New York City; daughters, Thea Calitri-Martin of North Pomfret, and Lisa Calitri of Cornwall; sister, Gloria Brody of Methuen, Mass.; grandchildren, Meredith and Nicholas Martin; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Charles and Joseph. Junius was always proud of his family, and had a wide circle of friends. He was ever ready to give counsel, share a joke or join in lively discussions. His clear sight, level head and sense of humor will be dearly missed by all. A memorial celebration will be held at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 20, 2012
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