PEORIA - Dr. Donald M. Albanito, 90, of Peoria died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday evening, Sept. 22, 2013, at his home.
He was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Punxsutawney, Pa., to Michael and Martha (Rothermund) Albanito. He married Goldie Dale Plymire on Aug. 1, 1947. His lifelong companion and caretaker for 30 years was Dr. Debra Cribbs.
Surviving are one daughter, Dr. Diane (Jon) Balke of Plainfield; three sons, Don Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev.; the Rev. Fred (Melody) of Canton and Darrell (Deborah) of Peoria; one sister, Jean Croasmun of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
One brother preceded him in death.
In World War II, he served in the Adjutant General Department of the U.S. Army, for three years.
He was a member of the American Legion, taught at Missouri State University for one year and was in charge of the finance and accounting departments for the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., for three years. He became a professor at Bradley University in 1956, chairman of the Business Management and Administration Department from 1958 to 1971, and dean of the College of Continuing Education and Summer School from 1971 to 1986. Upon retiring, he was designated a Bradley University Emeriti Professor.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1949, a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1951, and a doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., in 1971.
He had many articles published in The Journal of Business Education, Advanced Management, AER Research Journal, Americans for Effective Law Enforcement, Models for Financial Management by Holden-Day, and co-authored a book on FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover.
He was a member of the professional organizations Alpha Kappa Psi, Society for the Advancement of Management, Delta Pi Epsilon, Gamma Rho Tau and Phi Chi Theta. He was a past member of Peoria North Rotary. He was a member of the Orpheus Club of Peoria for more than 40 years, a past president and secretary-treasurer of the Orpheus Club and sang in the Orpheus Ensemble. He received a CILCO Economic Fellowship, two Ford Foundation Fellowships, was a past president of the Midwest Business Administration Association International and the executive director of that association from 1982 to 2002. He served as the executive director of the Illinois Clergy Economic Education and received the Olin W. Davis service award for the successful operation of economic workshops in Illinois for 17 years. He was a past president of Trinity Lutheran Church and Concordia Lutheran School Board. He was listed in the national directories of Notable Americans, Who's Who in Midwest, Personnel of the West and Midwest, Who's Who in America and Men and Women of Distinction. He received the Bradley University Francis C. Mergen Community Service Award in 1972, was a board member of the Tri-County Urban League's Tomorrow's Scientists and Technicians Program, Republican precinct committeeman and a member of Gov. Richard Ogilvie's Advisory Council. He was also the president of District IX Association for Continuing Education, president of the Peoria Civil Defense Advisory Board, Bradley Braves Club member and he developed national examinations for the Institute for Certifying Secretaries.
He willed his body to medical science and there will be no visitation or memorial service. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.woolseywilton.com.