Arthur James Catotti
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1925-2014 Arthur James Catotti, 89, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2014, in his Gainesville, Fla., home. Born February 16, 1925, in North Adams to Columbina and Giacomo Catotti, he spent his early years in Williamstown, graduating from Williamstown High School in 1942. When he turned eighteen, Art left college to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II as a member of the 10th Mountain Division, the "ski troops." He became a 60mm mortar man and fought in Italy where he earned a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantryman Badge. After leaving the Army, he returned to Williams College and earned a BA and MA in Chemistry. Art married his one and only true love, Phyllis Tidd of Bennington, Vt., in 1948. He taught in Arlington (VT) Memorial School for two years before taking positions as Research Chemist with Aerovox Corporation in New Bedford, Mass., and General Electric in Hudson Falls, N.Y. In 1963 GE opened a battery division in Gainesville, Fla., with Art as principal technology person, and he moved there with his family. Art held patents on numerous electrochemical devices and processes. Art and Phyl were especially proud of their seven children: Carol Sarisky (Jim), Gainesville, Fla.; Donna Catotti (Rob Goldberg), Haines, Ark.; Claire Warren, Miami, Fla.; Charles (Diane), Durham, N.C.; Jan Catotti (Don Speed), Aiken, S.C.; Christopher (Donna), Oviedo; and Anne Butler (Danny), Knoxville, Tenn. In addition to his seven children, Art is survived by 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Phyllis, his wife of 58 years, as well as his brother Edward and sisters Louise and Felice Catotti.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 15, 2014