Ronald E. Vanelli, age 93, of Wayland, died January 14, 2013, following a lengthy decline. Born in Quincy, MA; he was the son of the late Cesare and Angelina (DiBona) Vanelli and husband of 55 years to the late Charleen (Perkins) Vanelli. Mr. Vanelli served his country in WWII as a Lt. Commander in the Navy. He participated in D-Day on the USS Corry. His subsequent commissions were on the USS Mahan and the USS Everett F. Larson. He was honored with a bronze star. Mr. Vanelli received his B.A. and PhD. from Harvard University. He worked from 1951 to 1989 at Harvard University as Director of the Chemistry Laboratories, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Director of the Science Center, and in later years Director of the Physics Laboratories. He was also a member of the Board of Freshman Advisors in the freshman's Dean's Office and an associate of Dunster House. Mr. Vanelli was a resident of Wayland for 52 years. In his retirement, he pursued his lifelong passion for art and studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. He sculpted in marble, metal and wood. He also enjoyed landscaping, gardening and growing roses at home. He is survived by his son, Mark Vanelli and his wife Jane of Dakar, Senegal; his daughter, Jill Vanelli and her husband Paolo Gilardi of New York City, NY and five grandsons. A private graveside service with military honors was held in Lakeview Cemetery, Wayland. Those desiring may make a memorial gift to the Ronald Vanelli Memorial Fund at Harvard University: Harvard University Recording Secretary's Office, Ronald Vanelli Memorial Fund, 124 Mount Auburn St., 4th FL, Cambridge, MA 02138. Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, 781-438-0135
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Published in The Wayland Town Crier from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, 2013