Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00
The Farmingdale State College campus community was saddened to learn of the death of long-time professor and administrator Dr. Frank C. Pellegrini of Dix Hills on March 25.
Farmingdale State College President, Dr. W. Hubert Keen said, “I was greatly privileged to have the opportunity to work with Frank Pellegrini from my first day at Farmingdale. He was a wonderful guide and colleague for me, and he was exceptionally generous and supportive in working with everyone, especially with new faculty and staff coming into the college. Frank had a perpetually great love affair with the college and his work on behalf of students.”
Dr. Pellegrini began his work at Farmingdale in 1969 as an assistant professor of chemistry. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD at St. John’s University. A full professor by 1979, he became chair of the chemistry department in 1974 and dean of the school of arts and sciences in 2000. He served as interim provost for just over two years. At the time of his death, he had served as dean of the school of arts and sciences for seven years.
An organic chemist, he was published twice in the Journal of the Chemical Society and co-authored a book titled, Chemistry: A Modern Introduction, which was translated into Spanish. He also authored Cliffs Quick Review for Organic Chemistry I and II. He had a patent for a drug delivery system and was a chemical consultant to a number of local industries.
He was a member of Sigma Xi (Science Honor Society) and Rho Chi (Pharmaceutical Honor Society) and the American Chemical Society. Honors include the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the St. John’s University Presidential Research Award. Since 1976, he has been a valued member of the Dix Hills Fire District serving as chief and commissioner during his 35 years.
A resident of Dix Hills, Frank was married to Georgianna, was the father of Christine Pellegrini Busch and Denise Pellegrini Knoll, and grandfather of Kiersten Leigh Busch and Katherine Paige Knoll.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.firehero.org).