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Jack P. Franzetti
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I had many excellent professors at St. John's in the early 60's, but Dr. Franzetti was the best. I was not his brightest student but I actually looked forward to his classes as they were always interesting, very informative, and frequently humorous as well. In addition to his teaching prowess, he was a good and decent man who we should all try to emulate.


Posted by: Robert Murphy - Houston, TX - student   Jan 04, 2021

I've known Jack Franzetti since 1967 when he became my advisor at SJU. We always stayed in touch through my work as a writer and editor for 14 years after graduation. Eventually I applied for my M.A. at SJU, and became Jack's teaching assistant; it was a difficult road as an older student who had been out of school for so long. Jack nurtured me through it and constantly reminded me that I could do it! I finished the degree

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Posted by: Lorraine Fox - Lakewood Ranch, FL - friend   Dec 19, 2020

I owe so much to Dr. Franzetti even though we had but a few conversations back in 1968-72. I had been accepted to St. John's with the intention of entering the School of General Studies as a Computer Science major. He asked me if I loved math (my guess is he had my high school transcript in hand). When I answered with a less-than-enthusiastic not particularly' he tossed into the air a pen he was holding. As he caught it

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Posted by: Charles Genna - Macungie, PA - Student   Dec 16, 2020

It is with great sadness that I heard of Jack Franzetti's death last week. Jack had hired me rather fresh out of graduate school in 1968, so I was fortunate to have him as my chairman for so many years. His door was always open; I could always bring my problems to him and and could count on him to offer encouragement and sound advice. He loved teaching and the students loved Jack. Whenever I met people who had attended

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Posted by: Joseph Marotta - Waretown, NJ - Coworker   Dec 16, 2020

I love you Poppy and will to the end.


Posted by: Jake Franzetti - Flushing, NY - Family   Dec 15, 2020

I was literally talking to someone the other day about Professor Franzetti. One of my favorite teachers ever. We had such a good rapport and he was genuinely a fantastic human being. Great memories from the late 1970's. He called me Mr V. Heaven is better now with Professor Franzetti scooting right in.


Posted by: Lou Veltri - Westerville, OH - Student   Dec 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Franzetti. I was one of his students and he was the best professor I ever had. Such a nice and kind person.


Posted by: Kevin McCarthy - Smithtown, NY - Student   Dec 15, 2020

I was so fortunate to have him as my father-in-law. Over the decades I saw a man of quiet reserve, gentle, kind, generous beyond imaging. Dad taught me about living a life of uprightness and genuine goodness, with intense love of family. His ability to perform acts of generosity with utter humility was amazing. He wanted no credit or fanfare for any act of charity (Falderal as he would call it with a wave of his hand.) He loved to

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Posted by: Maria Franzetti - Flushing, NY - Family   Dec 15, 2020

Jack Franzetti, one of the finest human beings I have ever known, was my mentor, my divisional chairperson for many years, my colleague, and, most importantly, my dear friend. Last week, I sent him my annual Christmas card. Yesterday morning, I mused that I would soon receive his card and, as was my custom, I would then call him to catch up on the year. Sadly, instead yesterday found me getting the news of his passing. May my beloved and

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Posted by: Vivian Valvano Lynch    Dec 15, 2020

Jack was the epitome of a cultured, intelligent Christian gentleman. He loved God and all God’s people.... most of all —family.


Posted by: Michael Callaghan, CM - Friend   Dec 14, 2020