Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli
1943 — 2008
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Italian Heritage: Ischia, Campania
Significant Life / Work Experience: Several honors as a prominent Neurologist, Served in many positions at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF); President, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Board
Publications: Beyond the Godfather, Passage to Liberty: The Story of Italian Immigration and the Rebirth of America
History with VICA: Founding Member and Past President
The Cemetery in Italian Culture
Romanesque Architecture: The Burlington Examples
The Vindication of Niccolo Macchiavelli
The Role of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in America
"I do not accept the media stereotypes of Italian Americans: the Fonz...the pool hall boys of the Bronx Tale, or even Mamma Teresa's Tomato sauce...when I consider the core values of Italian American life, the idea of the family is paramount...; (to the honorees at NIAF gatherings), ...[these honorees are] drawn from the business sector, education, politics, religion and the world of entertainment—have praised their families, which provided an atmosphere of honor and virtue, where the work ethic was prized and where a sense of community values was passed on..."
Interviewees: Happy Ciongoli Marino (3/18/18) and Jay Parini (3/9/18)
Interviewers: Nicole Librandi
"my dad liked people; he had a strong drive to connect to the Italian culture, and reminded us (kids) about it...he saw VICA as an extension of that connection, and did anything he could to share the best of that culture with everyone; this included a VICA children's performance of La Befana where I got to play that wise lady"
Happy Ciongoli | Daughter