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Former Chef Instructor Thomas Vieli Loses His Battle to Cancer

The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts is sad to share the news that former chef instructor Thomas Vieli passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Chef Vieli was an instructor from 1994 to 1998. Born in Ilanz, Switzerland, on April 30, 1948, he had a successful 30-year career in the hospitality industry, holding numerous chef and management positions at corporations around the world and teaching at several universities.

He was an active member of the American Culinary Federation, holding the certifications of certified executive chef and certified culinary educator.

Prior to his death, Chef Vieli was a lead instructor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, W Va.

Chef Vieli is survived by his wife, Denise Dennison, and daughters Michelle Studer (husband Antonio Studer), of Ottenbach, Switzerland, and Rhonda Dennison Mazur (and husband David Mazur), of Ashburn, Va.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

A complete obituary can be found at the Punxsutawney Spirit.

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