Sam Furgiuele, a longtime and long-retired IUP faculty
member and administrator, died November 1, 2017. He was to celebrate his 100th
birthday on November 18.
A former coal miner and a World War II veteran, Furgiuele
enrolled at Indiana State Teachers College in 1947, at age 29, and graduated
two years later with a teaching degree in English. After teaching at Indiana
Area Junior High School for seven years, he joined the English faculty at ISTC
in 1957. Six years later, at the urging of President Willis Pratt, Furgiuele
took the job of director of public relations. In this position, he was
instrumental in garnering support and publicity for the school’s attainment of
university status in 1965. As longtime chair of the commencement committee, he
was also responsible for bringing a number of celebrated personalities to
campus as speakers.
Furgiuele returned to the English Department as a
professor in 1973 and retired from the university in 1978. He had retired, as a
major, from the Army Reserves the previous year.
In his retirement of nearly 40 years, Furgiuele
remained active. He wrote a 325-page autobiography, served twice as Lions Club
president, and spent time with his family and his many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, the former
Sarah Stewart, whom he met while stationed in Georgia in 1943. They have two
children, Diana and Samuel, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.