WOODSTOCK - Dr. Jules David Viglielmo, 90, a long -time resident of Woodstock, passed away on Monday, June 16th, at the Ferncliff Rehabilitation Center in Rhinebeck, overlooking the banks of the Hudson River. Born on Aug. 2, 1923 in Nutley, N.J., he was the son of the late Giulio and Louise (Bounous) Viglielmo. Jules was married to his wife, former student, and love of his life Carol Viglielmo (Fletcher) for 62 years. He is survived by his three children: Dr. Jeffrey Viglielmo and his wife, Dr. Maureen of Woodstock, Pamela Viglielmo and her husband, James Fisher of Southport, Conn. and Melissa Viglielmo of Woodstock. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Alma Berinato and is survived by his brother, Dr. Valdo Viglielmo of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also survived by his four much loved and appreciated grandchildren; Kealey and Kaitlana Viglielmo and Gregory and Danielle Fisher, with whom he enjoyed many an afternoon sharing his love of life, nature, mathematics, poetry and anagrams.
Jules was raised in Ulster Park, where his family ran a boarding house catering to the French-Italian Waldensian community. He attended Union College in Schenectady, on scholarship, was a long distance runner for the college's track team and graduated in 1944 with a BS in Chemistry. He then served in the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1944-1946 onboard the U.S.S. Salerno and, upon completion of his service, returned to Union College on the GI Bill and received an MS in Chemistry. He enrolled at New York University later in life and was awarded a PhD in Education in 1975.
In addition to Jules's family, his love of education, the environment and the village of Woodstock, rounded out his life. Following college, he began teaching in a one room school house and continued that calling through to the establishment of Onteora High School in 1950 where he headed the mathematics and science departments until he joined IBM. He worked at IBM in the area of training and education and retired after 31 years. During that tenure, he was also asked to head their local environmental/recycling initiatives.
Throughout Jules's working years he continued to perform in the summer stock theater of the Woodstock Foundation at the Woodstock Playhouse as well as with the Performing Arts of Woodstock. He was a founding member in the 1950's of the Trail Sweeper Ski Club and volunteered as a member of the National Ski Patrol at the Catskill Ski Center and Cortina Valley for more than 20 years. He continued to play tennis, competing at the County level as well as a member of the Byrdcliffe tennis group. He remained very active in Woodstock's environmental community, having organized the annual, town-wide Operation Trashlift where he engaged hamlet leaders to pick up the roadsides each spring; a precursor to New York State's Adopt a Highway Program.
Once retired, Jules remained involved in a variety of local organizations; volunteering at Family of Woodstock and Ulster Literacy, teaching at Ulster County Community College, holding the elected position as Woodstock's Town Justice from 1988-1991 and serving as a private tutor to individuals as varied as members of Woodstock's Tibetan Buddhist Monastery to local high school students. Of his many hobbies, he continued to fish the surrounding trout streams, play tennis and ski the Catskills into his 80's.
Family and friends are invited to call at Lasher's Funeral Home located at 100 Tinker Street, Woodstock, N.Y. for a celebration of life on Saturday, June 28th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jules's name to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Woodstock Rescue Squad or the Woodstock Fire Department.
Lasher Funeral Home Inc
100 Tinker St Woodstock, NY 12498
Published in Daily Freeman on June 22, 2014