SPICOLA, Rose Frances PHD, Cornaro Professor Emerita, noted educator and author, passed Nov. 21, 2012. She was born in Tampa on July 18, 1928, a graduate of Hillsborough High and Tulane University's H. Sophie Newcom College, she earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees in education and reading at Florida State University. Dr. Spicola was a member of The University of South Florida's Charter faculty staff, later teaching at Virginia's Longwood College before taking a permanent position at Texas Women's College in Denton until her retirement. To honor her memory, Texas Women's College conducts an International Reading Forum annually, named for her. Dr. Spicola was a Fulbright Scholar serving one year overseas. She is survived by her beloved sister, Judy Ann Spicola Bokor (Richard); sister, Josephine Spicola; her brothers, Angelo C. Spicola (Joyce), Carlo "Charles" G. Spicola Jr. (Antoinette); and many loving nieces & nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your choice of charities or The Humane Society of Tampa.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 28, 2012