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Sam Scavo ’61

Sam Scavo

Since a weekend get-together Sam and Marlene Scavo planned with fellow IUP alumnus Ken Rometo and his wife, Maryann, thirteen years ago, IUP alumni have been enticed to join in the events during an annual reunion in Florida.

They agreed to invite other alumni friends in Florida and Georgia to their first gathering in 1997.

“We just had a couple guys together that first year,” said Sam Scavo, a 1961 alumnus. “It’s grown from there. A lot of football and basketball players came as it grew after that. We got a lot of calls from other people. I’ve got over two hundred on my mailing list now.”

The first reunion included the following:

  • Bill ’60 and Mickey Hoffman
  • Ken ’62 and Mary Ann Rometo
  • Bob ’59 and Bobbie Cleminson ’62
  • Ossie Rometo ’62
  • Tony Catanese ’65
  • Matt Catanese ’63
  • Don Weidenweber ’63
  • Marlene ’59 and Sam Scavo ’61

Over the years, others have hosted the reunion. Bob and Bobbie Cleminson hosted events at the Mission Valley Golf and Country Club in Nokomis from 1998 to 2001.

Ken and Mary Ann Rometo held the 2002 event at the Café of the Arts in Sarasota.

Since 2003, Don ’62 and Lorna Gill and George ’56 and Betty Glarner ’55 have served as hosts for golf, social, and dinner events at the Lely Resort in Naples.

The reunion continues to attract more alumni, including graduates of more recent decades, including the 1980s and 1990s.

“One of the greatest things is seeing people renew friendships with others who they haven’t seen for years,” Sam Scavo explained. “We get different people—new people and more people are coming each year. There are a lot of alumni in Florida, but we have people coming from other states as well.”

Scavo, who grew up near Scranton in Old Forge, Pa., spent much of his post-college life on the West Coast. He earned his B.S. degree in secondary education. He retired from the Army as an aviator and subsequently retired from his career as a business manager for Boeing in Seattle.

“I enjoy planning this reunion,” Scavo said. “I do it to see people I haven’t seen for a long time.”

The 2010 reunion will be held at the Lely Resort in Naples the last weekend of February. Those who would like to be included should contact Sam Scavo either by phone, 623-399-9702 (home) or 253-576-6001 (cell); e-mail at; or mail at 16575 West Isleta Court, Surprise, AZ 85387-2827.

Profile published on 8/14/09

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