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94, died peacefully in Seattle on December 5, 2017, surrounded by his family. Phil was born in Middletown, CT, son of Angelo and Vincenza, immigrants from Melilli, Sicily. He was an educator who enriched the lives of thousands of students throughout his career. In WWII Phil served in the Pacific Naval air campaign and received many commendations. He earned his bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut College (1948), master's degree from Boston University (1950) and doctorate at the University of Chicago (1962). During his career, he was a history teacher in Fairfield, CT, Principal and Superintendent of Schools, Ridgefield CT, Superintendent of Schools, Herricks School District, Long Island and Professor of Educational Administration, New York University, (Emeritus 1988). Dr. Pitruzzello ceaselessly encouraged students to achieve the highest academic and personal standards. He was an arbitrator and mediator in Port Charlotte, FL, Long Term Care Ombudsman in Florida and Washington and a member of the Seattle-King County Council on Aging. Throughout his life Phil was a champion of civil rights and instilled these values in his children and grandchildren. Phil is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Ann LaBella, son Philip, daughter Janice Sabin (Jack), grandchildren Michael Sabin (Angelique), Laura Sabin Lopez (Nancy) and Holly Sabin Houston (Brent), great-grandchildren, William and Charlotte Sabin. The family encourages those who wish to share memories and condolences to send them to: [email protected].

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 10, 2017
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