Gambino, J. (1999, May 10). Frank Spingola 1937 - 1999. Lionís Voice, p. 1. (DCL Archives)
Frank Spingola 1937 - 1999
By Joanne Gambino
Dr. Frank Spingola, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Dowling College, passed away suddenly on April 9, 1999. Dr. Spingola had taught at Dowling for twenty-nine years. He leaves his wife, Anna, to whom he was married for thirty-one years, and two children, Frank, 26, a student at Dowling, and Laura, 23. He also leaves his identical twin brother, Anthony.
“He was the greatest family man I have ever known,” said Anthony. His colleagues at Dowling agree. Dr. Bernadyn Suh, Associate Professor of Education, remembers that, “Dr. Spingola was a conscientious man who worked very hard. He loved his family very much. He was devoted to them.”
Dr. Spingola grew up in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn with his twin brother and parents. He attended Bushwick High School where the Spingola twins excelled in athletics. They played together on the baseball, basketball, and soccer teams. After high school, the brothers attended Adelphi University where Frank studied Chemistry and Anthony studied mathematics. From the time that they were young, the twins collected baseball cards and comic books. They enjoyed sharing their interest in these hobbies into adulthood.
As a teacher at Dowling, Dr. Spingola was most concerned with offering a high standard of education. Anthony states that, “He was interested in the integrity of the school.” Anthony feels that his brother would like to be remembered for helping people. “He would go out of his way to help his students.” Dr Suh stated, “He always had a friendly smile. To us, the faculty, it was a shock because he was so young. It reminds us that life is transient and we should enjoy each day at Dowling.”
Dr. Kurt Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics, commented, “He was dedicated. He was concerned for his students. He was concerned that they learn and not just collect a grade. He wanted them to understand and not just memorize. He tried to uphold a high standard.”
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