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Fall 2012 Newsmakers

KELLY MALTAGLIATI, is special agent-in-charge of the Archival Recovery Team at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of Inspector General. She has uncovered hundreds of missing historical documents, including sealed Watergate testimonies. She has also worked with the FBI to find stolen documents. Maltagliati’s Italian grandfather was named Mancuso.

ARMOND MASCELLI, 65, retired in June as vice president of Disaster Operations at the American Red Cross after more than 40 years of service. He assisted in nearly every major disaster since 1971, including hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, Mitch and Katrina and the September 11 terrorist attacks. Post-retirement, he will continue to advise the Red Cross on disaster relief policies.

MICHAEL PETRINA, Jr., 67, won the AARP National Spelling Bee for the second time by spelling correctly the word “rhizoctonia,” a type of imperfect fungi. The retired lawyer beat out 48 competitors to win the 16th annual competition. His prizes include $1,000 and a five-year AARP membership.

PAUL SERENO, Ph.D., 54 was named one of AARP’s Top 20 Hottest Men Age 50+. He is a Chicago-based paleontologist who’s discovered more than two dozen new species of dinosaurs, including the world’s largest crocodile. He holds a doctorate in geology from Columbia University and teaches paleontology at the University of Chicago.

ADAM SOLDATI, coached diver David Boudia to a gold medal win in the 10-meter diving platform at the 2012 Summer Olympics. A California native, Soldati is head diving coach at Purdue University and has coached three Olympic Games. At Purdue he is a five-time Big-10 Conference diving coach of the year and, in 2010, led the U.S. diving team to its first World Cup win since 1985.

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REGINALD BARTHOLOMEW, former U.S. career diplomat, who died of cancer in New York City August 28 at age 76. As ambassador to Lebanon from 1983 to 1986, he was wounded in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. He later served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy from 1993 to 1997.

ERNEST BORGNINE, the Academy Award-winning actor, died of a kidney ailment last July in Los Angeles at age 95. His career as a character actor spanned six decades in film, television, and theater. He is best remembered for his Oscar-winning role in the 1955 film, Marty and as the bully, Sgt. “Fatso” Judson in the 1953 film, From Here to Eternity. He later starred in the TV sitcom, “McHale’s Navy.” His parents were northern Italian immigrants who changed their last name from Borgnino to Borgnine.

NINA MIGLIONICO, a distinguished Birmingham lawyer, was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame on March 1 and the Alabama Lawyer’s Hall of Fame on May 4. She died in 2009 at age 95. Born to Italian immigrant parents, she was appointed by President Kennedy to serve on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and was the longest practicing female attorney in the history of Alabama, serving 73 years.

ANNA PAOLUCCI, Ph.D., author and scholar, died July 15 in New York at age 86. A long- time professor at St. John’s University in New York City, she wrote over 20 books of plays, short stories, novels, poetry and essays. She was the first female recipient of the National Elena Cornaro Award and the prestigious Gold Lion Award from OSIA.

ANNA PIAGGI,world-famous fashion editor, died August 7 in Milan at age 81. Often called “the walking museum” for her expansive wardrobe, including clothing over 200 years old, she also was a journalist who wrote for Italian Vogue. In the 1960s, she became editor of the monthly Italian fashion magazine, Arianna.

SERGIO PININFARINA, Italian auto designer, died July 3 at his home in Turin at age 85. He helped transform his father’s design company into a worldwide empire and influenced generations of luxury Italian automobiles. Known for being ahead of his time in auto design, he is credited with giving Ferraris their look of speed.

CARLO RAMBALDI, three-time Oscar winner known for his design in “E.T”, died August 10 in southern Italy at age 86. His work was so lifelike that he had the distinction of being the first special effects artist called to prove it wasn’t real. Although best known as the creator of the iconic E.T., Rambaldi worked on over 30 films throughout his career.