Cosimo L. "Rudi" Cataldi (1926 - 2014)

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Cosimo "Rudi" L. Cataldi, 88, of Rolling Hills, Calif., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.
Born June 14, 1926, in Tyler, he was the first son of the late Concetta Maria Paturzo and Angelo Nunzio Cataldi, immigrants from Lecce, Italy. He married Helene E. Melchisedech on Oct. 11, 1952, and she preceded him in death in 1994. Rudi was preceded in death by his brother, Antonio "Tony" Cataldi and his wife Gertrude B. Hillier Cataldi, and his sister, Anna Marie Herzing. He is survived by his sister, Concetta "Jennie" Emmert and her husband, William Emmert of Saint Marys; a brother, Dr. Francisco "Francis" Cataldi and his wife Elvera Segalla Cataldi of Mill Run; brother-in-law, William Herzing of Tyler, numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and his wife's son, John Self of Hokes Bluff, Ala.
He was a graduate of Huston Township High School, Class of 1944. He served in the 101st Airborne Infantry from 1944 to 1946, departed the service to attend college and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Engineering from MIT in 1950. In 1950, he was called back to service and served as a Signal Corps Officer at SHAPE in Paris, France, from 1950 - 1952.
In 1952, he and Helene moved to California. He received his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (1956), and his Law degree from LaSalle University (1965). Rudi worked for North American in Los Angeles, as an Industrial Engineer and left in 1966, as the Chief Industrial Engineer of the Los Angeles Division. Next he moved to Italy to work for Reynolds Metals as Chief Industrial Engineer, Europe. In 1968, he and Helene returned to California and he worked as the Vice President for Sheldon Pollack Construction, which was acquired by American Medicorp in 1975. At American Medicorp, he was the Regional Director of 22 hospitals, Western Region, until 1975, when he did a leveraged buyout of their Property Construction and Management subsidiary and formed his own company Cynwyd Corporation, of which he was the President until 1996, when he liquidated his company and retired.
After retiring, Rudi managed investment portfolios and traveled extensively. He was an active bridge player until 2013, and achieved "Life Master" status traveling around the U.S and Canada playing in tournaments.
In accordance with Rudi's wishes, his ashes will be scattered at sea. His final wishes were that his family and friends remember all the pleasant and loving moments they shared during his happy, productive, and wonderful life.
Published in The Courier Express from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2014