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Victor Mangini Former Burlingame mayor and beloved mentor of generations of students dies at 88. Victor was born at home at 205 E. 58th Street in Manhattan just as the Armistice that ended the long ordeal of the First World War was being signed. Vic grew up as one of five siblings in Manhattan. He received his B.A. from Manhattan College and his teaching credential and master's degree from Columbia University. Vic was one of the first young men to be called up to serve in the Second World War. He retired from the Air Force as a colonel after 37 years of service in 1978. During his 44 years as a teacher, administrator and the coach of many championship teams Vic was a famous and beloved figure to generations of students. In 2001 he was named to the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame. After his official retirement he continued to volunteer at BHS in the ESL program. In 2002 the street in front of the school was renamed in his honor, and Burlingame High School's address is now "1 Mangini Way." Victor headed the scholarship selection committee for the C.A. Buck Foundation for the past 55 years. Vic was known to the City of Burlingame for his community service. His first City office was membership of the Burlingame Recreation Commission. Vic was a member of the City Council for 20 years. He served four terms as the Mayor of Burlingame. Vic enjoyed a happy 27-year marriage, to Rina Maria Sari and had two children, Mariavittoria (Vicki) and Martin Jerome (Jerry). Rina passed away in 1975 after a long struggle with breast cancer. Victor was also married for 27 years to his second wife, Grace Cecelia Mangini who was a distant Mangini cousin. Grace married Victor in 1976 and died in 2003. Victor is survived by his children; his brother George Mangini of Manhattan; his many nieces and nephews, and generations of those he has taught, coached and mentored. Funeral Services will be at Our Lady of Angels Church in Burlingame on Friday February 9 at 10 AM. There will be a Visitation and recitation of the Rosary at the church on Thursday evening at 7 PM. Donations in his name should be directed to the Mills Peninsula Hospital Foundation (650) 696-5990; The Lesley Foundation, 701 Arnold Way, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019; and Mercy High School Burlingame (650) 762 1190.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 8, 2007
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