May 10, 2007
Approximately 100 alumni, faculty members, administration and
students, gathered to pay tribute to Dr. Jack Franzetti ’45UC,
’46G, ’56Ph.D. on Sunday, May 6, in Marillac Auditorium on the
Queens campus. Legendary for his extraordinary teaching and
mentoring abilities, Franzetti has impacted students and colleagues
alike, as a professor, dean, administrator and friend at St. John’s
University, for more than 50 years.
Guests attended mass and a celebratory brunch held in Dr.
Franzetti’s honor. Several of Dr. Franzetti’s colleagues, including
Frank Brady, Ph.D., chairman of communications, journalism and
media studies, Thomas Kitts, Ph.D., ’77NDC, Nick Plakoris, ’77SVC,
’83MBA and Kathleen Voute
MacDonald, Ed.D., Dean of the College of Professional Studies,
sang his praise, conveying their pleasure in honoring him.
Following the tributes, Dr. Franzetti humbly shared his
overwhelming gratitude to his family for their love and support and
to the St. John’s faculty and administration for this honor. Guests
were then given the opportunity to meet with Dr. Franzetti and
share their own memories and congratulations.
Attendees were effusive in their praise of Dr. Franzetti, noting
that the honor is well-deserved. Pamela Dalton, assistant dean in
the College of Professional Studies, said, “This was a wonderful
event to honor Dr. Franzetti…We in the College of Professional
Studies are blessed to be the recipients of his efforts and
When asked what he admires about his father, Paul Franzetti,
adjunct associate professor, said, “There are no words to describe
my father’s generosity.” Many who attended the event can attest to
that, having been touched by Dr. Franzetti over the years. Barrie
Rosen, adjunct professor of English, recalled, ”Jack hired me and
I’ve been working here 20 years. He has had a tremendous impact [on
St. John’s University.]”