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Angelo Conorozzo, youth advocate, educator, charter school founder

July 2, 1943 – June 10, 2016

Angelo Conorozzo, a lifelong Buffalo resident, educator, youth advocate and charter school founder, died June 20, 2016, in his Allentown home. He was 72.

A graduate of Seneca Vocational High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo.

In 1979, after nine years as assistant director of the City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth, creating youth diversion and development programs, Mr. Conorozzo joined the Research Foundation at SUNY Buffalo State, as associate director of the Center for Development of Human Services. In 2006, he joined the faculty at Buffalo State, from which he retired in 2015.

At Buffalo State, he taught in the Public Administration Division – Political Science Department and was a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Administration. He served on the team that established Buffalo State’s Master’s in Public Administration program. Before that, he had developed and coordinated a multidisciplinary master’s program in which students studied human services administration.

Mr. Conorozzo coordinated the nonprofit track in the Master’s in Public Administration program, taught graduate courses in organizational behavior, program evaluation and leadership, and supervised projects. In May, Buffalo State’s Public Administration Division and the Master’s in Public Administration Alumni Association honored him with its award for Outstanding Service to the program.

“Angelo was a consummate professional and had a passion for developing academic and training programs for individuals who work in the human service field that help the least fortunate in our society,” said Dr. Betty Cappella, a Buffalo State colleague.

In 2004, Mr. Conorozzo co-founded the Western New York Maritime Charter School and served as president of the school’s Board of Trustees.

He was an avid reader, traveler and lifelong learner. In 2013 he and his wife traveled to Lucca, Italy, where he successfully completed a four-week Italian language program.

In 2015, after three months of training, he graduated as a docent for Explore Buffalo.

A Buffalo booster, he and his wife purchased and restored an 1881 Eastlake-style Victorian home in Allentown.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Tina Grady; a son, David P.; and a grandson.

A celebration of his life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. July 23 in Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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