ASTORINO DR. SAMUEL J.
A long-time professor and lawyer, passed peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, May 12, 2012. He was born on June 6, 1932, and lived fully his 79 years. Sam was born in East Carnegie and lived with his wife, Isabella (Vitale) of 51 years in Carnegie. In addition to being survived by his loving wife, Sam is survived by daughters, Elisa Astorino and Anita (Joe) Kulik and his son, Christopher Astorino. After serving in the United States Army, Sam attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Bachelor, Masters, and PhD in history. While working on his degrees, Sam taught at the University of Pittsburgh, then moved on to teach at Waynesburg College and St. Vincent College. He became a professor of history at Duquesne University in 1964, rising to the position of Chairman of the Department of History. Sam then pursued a career in law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University in 1982. Sam served as a professor of law at Duquesne from 1984 until his retirement this year. "Dr. Sam" was a prominent legal scholar, and served as consultant to many international schools and organizations. He especially enjoyed teaching courses for law school, each summer, in Rome, Italy. Sam wrote many different history and law articles and publications, and served many years, preparing students for the Pennsylvania Bar exam. Sam was well known for his love of his Catholic faith, and his love for a good cigar. He was also very proud of his Italian heritage, and was involved in several Italian-American organizations. Sam's commitment to education and public service earned him accolades from his students, and from various organizations, including being named Paul Harris Fellow from the Parkway West Rotary Club. Sam was the son of the late Dominic and Filomena Astorino, and was brother of the late Anthony Astorino. In addition to his wife and children, Sam is survived by his sister, Tina (Frank) Goveassazo and sister-in-law Carmine Astorino. He will be remembered fondly by his grandchildren, Sarah and Joseph Kulik, and his many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be welcome on Monday, 6-8 p.m., and Tuesday, 2-4, 6-8 p.m., at the BAGNATO FUNERAL HOME, Jefferson St., Carnegie. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Simon and Jude Church, in Greentree, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Add a tribute at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from May 13 to May 15, 2012.