[Our friend Frank Scalia (1941-2018) among his classmates, top row on the left, smiling as always]
There are those remarkable individuals who leave the world a better place than they found it. Our friend Frank Scalia was one of those rare individuals. Visitors to a classroom the Geological Sciences Department might have mistaken Frank for the professor, based on his infectious enthusiasm for the material, depth of life experience, and the fact that he was a bit older than most of the other students in the class. While Frank actually was a professor at CCSU (adjuncting in the School of Business for many years), on the 5th floor of Copernicus he was a student, learning more about the natural world for the sheer joy of it. Frank was the quintessential poster child for the value of life-long learning, as demonstrated by his impressive resume. He was also an amazingly wonderful human being. Self effacing and unassuming, many who shared the classroom with him never had the slightest inkling that he was actually “Dr. Scalia”, having earned a Ph.D in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University. To us he was simply Frank, the man with the permanent smile and the earnest and enthusiastic “hello”, and a valuable role model to those a third his age.
We will miss you dearly, Frank. The 5th floor of Copernicus Hall will not be the same without you. Many thanks to you for allowing us to share your journey of learning and discovery.
– The Members of the CCSU Geological Sciences Department