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Monday, October 26, 2009

Dr. Richard Pisano passed away on October 16

Dr. Richard C. Pisano, 81, former UNCP vice chancellor of Institutional Advancement, died on October 16, 2009, in Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, N.C. He was a long-time Lumberton resident and native of Hackensack, N.J.

Richard PisanoDr. Pisano joined UNCP (then Pembroke State College) in 1967 as associate dean of Academic Affairs, director of summer school and a member of the Music Department faculty.

“The UNC Pembroke family is saddened by the passing of Dr. Dick Pisano,” said Chancellor Charles R. Jenkins. “He served the University for many years in several important administrative roles.

“After retiring from administration, Dick continued his service by teaching in the Music Department, and his love for music was so evident,” Chancellor Jenkins continued. “We share in the Pisano family’s loss and appreciate Dick’s positive contributions and service to UNCP.”

Some of the major milestones that Dr. Pisano was instrumental in accomplishing included the establishment of the University’s television program, College Opportunity Program, Honors Program and summer basketball camp.

In his early years, Dr. Pisano was a jazz pianist and played with touring bands. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from the State University of New York at Potsdam, a Master of Education degree in music composition from Florida State University and an Ed.D. from Columbia University.

In academia, Dr. Pisano served as director of music and art at Westchester County public schools and later as a faculty member and department chair at Curry College in Boston, Mass.

As a fundraiser for UNC Pembroke, Dr. Pisano led the first Annual Giving Campaign in 1982 and the successful Centennial Campaign in 1987 that was the University’s first successful $1 million campaign.

Dr. Pisano retired in 1992 with 26 years of service.

Dr. Pisano was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, and is survived by a son, Mark, and a daughter, Gina.

The family asked that memorials be made to the Singers and Swingers Fund (est. Dr. Pisano) by mail at – UNCP; P.O. Box 1510; Pembroke N.C.; 28372, or by contacting the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or advancement@uncp.edu.

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