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Ann Vuolo Dulye

February 28, 1928-April 22, 2015 PITTSFIELD Ann Vuolo Dulye, 87, a pioneer in business, supporter of the arts and champion for continuous learning, died peacefully on April 22, 2015 at Berkshire Place in Pittsfield, Mass. with her daughter and dog by her side. She was a longtime resident of the Berkshires, living at South Pond Farm in Pittsfield for 28 years. Ann achieved firsts on many fronts including becoming the first female president of the New York Press Association and the first woman to be named to the National Press Board. She earned these distinctions after decades at the helm of Walden Printing Company, a commercial printing company she founded with her late husband Raymond J. Dulye. As the first woman to run a major American printing company, Ann worked tirelessly and, together with Raymond, helped the company earn more than 300 state and national journalism awards. Ann was also the first woman to serve on the admissions board of the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, where she became a friend and fan of then basketball assistant coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Bobby Knight. Ann's printing company was the official printer of USMA's Army Athletics Association. Ann was a role model not only for her children, and her community, but for women everywhere in venturing into new businesses and positions. Ann was born in Middletown, N.Y. on February 28, 1928, and was the first of two daughters to Nicholas F. Vuolo, a first generation Italian-American, and Mary Pagano Vuolo, an Ellis Island immigrant from San Rufo, Italy. She was raised in a melting pot community, rich in ethnic diversity and generous families who always kept their doors open for community meals and celebration. She graduated from Middletown High School in New York and attended Russell Sage College. Her collegiate studies were interrupted by a love affair with a brilliant and debonair gentleman, Raymond J. Dulye, who at the time was a nationally heralded journalist and broadcaster. Ann and Ray's love story was cemented with marriage, as well as complementary business practiceswith Ann starting and leading a commercial printing company and Ray serving as editor and publisher of five weekly newspapers in the Hudson Valley of New York State. While growing their businesses and professional careers, Ann and Ray had two children: Raymond John, born on August 5, 1949 and Linda Marie born August 1, 1955. Throughout her life, Ann loved the arts and music. For more than 40 years Ann was an ardent donor and patron of the Tanglewood Music Institute. She also served as an officer of the administration Board of the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers at Tanglewood. Ann regularly attended Saturday matinees at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and introduced her children to classical music at Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Closer to home, Ann served on the boards of Barrington Stage, Berkshire Center of Families and Children, and the WHEN organization. She was also a patron of the Berkshire Music School and the Clark Art Museum. After establishing full-time residency in the Berkshires in 1994, Ann became immersed in local causes stimulating community and personal development. She was the first woman president of the Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning, now OLLI at BCCa position she held for 3 consecutive years. She had a passionate and steadfast sense of civil duty, and was actively involved with the campaigns of New York Governor Nelson D. Rockefeller and U.S. Congressman Benjamin Gillman of New York. Ann's faith was at her core, instilled from growing up in a devout Catholic family. She attended daily mass at St. Mark's Church and was a generous donor to the local Catholic community. Ann had an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Her curiosity fostered a love of travel, and she was never far from a fully packed suitcase. Among her favorite destinations were her family's homeland, Italy, as well as China, Russia, Egypt, Peru and Europe. She loved to learn about other cultures, cuisines and most especially, the people. She had boundless energy, and was the eternal optimist with an engrained can-do attitude. Ann believed fiercely in nurturing a well mind-body connection, evidenced by her regular love of swimming at the Pittsfield YMCA within weeks of her passing. True to her roots, Ann constantly opened her heart and her home to everyonewhether two-legged or four-legged. Dogs and people, people and dogs. Ann offered the same compassion, respect and kindness to every person and animal that came into her life. Ann was a passionate Syracuse University Orange fan although she never graduated from the school herself. Her husband, son and daughter were all proud alumni of the university, and Ann adopted the Orange pride wholeheartedly. Ann believed in empowering young people to discover their greatness. She became an inspiration for and the initial investor of the Dulye Leadership Experience, a unique personal and professional development program and scholarship founded by her daughter Linda in 2008 to prepare Syracuse University upperclassmen to successfully transition into the business world. Ann was predeceased by her beloved son, Raymond John, who fought a valiant fight against cancer until his death in 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Marie Dulye, of Warwick, N.Y. and Lanesboro, Mass. Among all her lifetime accomplishments, Ann was most proud of her children. Nothing was as important or dear to her heart. Other survivors include her son-in-law, Roger Gibboni of Warwick, NY; five grandchildren, Casey Engel of Overland Park, KS, Robyn Cuthbertson of Ft. Collins, Colo., Roger Gibboni Jr. of Washington, D.C., Christine Gibboni of Media, Pa., and Adam Dulye of San Francisco, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Georgia and Charlie. She also leaves a sister, Helen Gloria of West Palm Beach, Fla. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at St. Mark's Church, West Street, Pittsfield, MA. A funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dulye Leadership Experience at Syracuse University through http://bit.ly/DulyeLeadershipExperience, or checks can be made out to the Dulye Leadership Experience and sent to the following address:Syracuse University, Office of Alumni Engagement, c/o David Bartell, Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center, 401 University Place, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, New York 13244-3020.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 24, 2015
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