Book of Remembrance

I was saddened as I opened up the Lubin website to hear not only did Jim Hall die but also Andrew Varanelli. I had the great distinction of having worked for and with both of these fine gentleman over my career, as first an MBA student and then later as a colleague and fellow faculty member at Pace. I worked as a grad assistant for Andy Varanelli when I was in school in the early 90's at Pace. Andy taught me a love for research that pushed me to go on and get my PHD. He had a generous love of life and I remember having many opportunities to socialize with Andy as I moved on in my carer. One of my fondest memories was sharing some YUMMY Texas BBQ with Andy during the Dallas Academy of Management meeting. He did wonderful things for Pace University and the Management Department in the Lubin School and I will be forever grateful for his leadership and mentorship as I entered academia. Thank you Andy...for everything!

- Robyn Berkley (nee Sosnowski)

I am Italian, I was born and live in Rome.
About 30 years ago I spent my summer holidays in Joan and Andy house, together with my brother and sister. Since then we always kept in touch. Andy and Joan came in Rome many times. I have lots of memories of happy times spent with them.
Andy was a very special person.
He will remain in my heart forever.

- Antonella Blasetti

Andy was my colleague and friend. We shared a keen interest in many areas but none more challenging than our political ideology. We shared the same heritage and the same value system. Andy was an intellectual treasure but never lost his NY Brooklyn roots. He shall be missed.

- Susan Del Bene

Dr. Varanelli was my honors thesis adviser last year. It was such an honor getting to know him as a mentor! If it wasn't for his help, I would not have graduated on time and be working in Wallstreet. He will be missed and respected. Gu

I took a class with A.V. as a freshman in spring '80. He hired me to be his research assistant that summer and I worked for him until I graduated in June '82. I learned so many valuable life lessons from him, as well as academic. We tried to keep in touch over the years, and I regret never making the trip in to visit him with my kids - something I planned to do every school vacation but never got around to. Not many days go by without him popping into my head...the lessons I learned still apply. He was one of a kind.

- Marguerite Hajjar (nee Lian)

I will always remember Andy and his warm smile, quick wit and his ability to cut to the chase. I enjoyed many moments of sharing CDFPT, chair meetings, and retreats with Andy. His committment to our students, to Pace and to advancing the Lubin School of Business demonstrated his leadership abilities. I miss him, a hole has been left in our community, but my memories of him are rich and meaningful.
Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz

- Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz

Dr.Varanelli was my Management Professor in the Fall '87, to say he was the coolest is an understatement! He always related well to his students as the time spent in his class really was a pleasure. During my last year at Pace he had assisted me in a problem that I was having. He truly will be missed & never forgotten! It was total shock to see that he had passed on in May 2008. Dr. Varanelli rest in peace as I hope others will follow in the examples you set.

Vincent Mistretta
LUB '89

- Vincent Mistretta

Andrew Varanelli was the most intelligent student in our Doctoral program at Rutgers University. When he defended his dissertation, his advisory committee did not know how to question his statistical results. His research was so complex, that no one really was capable of understanding it. He even taught me the proper, Italian way of eating spaghetti.

- Naomi Platt

I'm one of those many colleagues and students whose careers were shaped by Andy Varanelli's influence, wisdom and generosity. I was 34 years old, Director of Graduate Admissions at Pace and a part-time doctoral student at NYU when I asked Andy if I could apply to join the undergraduate Management faculty at the NYC campus. As chairperson of the department, he set up some interviews for me and eventually hired me. I switched from the administration to the faculty in the fall of 1979. In those days, we often taught five courses each semester and a couple in the summer. Andy kept prodding me to finish my doctoral program, worked with the dean to arrange a doctoral leave for me and many, many years later, I graduated. He continued to provide opportunities for me to broaden my experience and in 1994 encouraged me to apply for the position of Associate Dean of the Lubin School. I think of Andy as one of my mentors and hope that my contributions to the lives of Pace colleagues and students and to the success of the Lubin School can approach what Andy did during his career.

- Jim Russell

I was a graduate student of Andy's, as well as a staff COBOL programmer in the Computer Center, back in 1973. Andy ran the data center and I remember him as a charismatic, energetic, and most of all, supportive human being.

Andy was everyone's friend. As a young programmer he made it a point to come to my desk and compliment my work when I needed the boost. His pat on the back was warm, genuine and always appreciated. He supported his people in tough times as well. I recall a job running on the old IBM system (everything was batch in those days) and Professor Jauch (I enjoyed Prof Heinz Jauch as well, my Masters thesis mentor) was pressuring us why it wasn't done yet. Andy tactfully stepped in and deflected the dialog away from us so we could focus on the task at hand, while staunchly defending our work. I recall him stepping in, putting his hand out and answering with a strong "I cant jump into the CPU and push those electrons around any faster, Heinz!".

Andy had foresight. He was a key driver bringing in the UNIVAC 1106 system, which was way ahead of the IBM System 360 standards of it's day. And we had a young energetic team under him supporting student records, class registration, development and even our payroll systems. Andy always had students swarming around him even when on the job in his office in the computer center.

My Pace days are long gone but Andy will always be a fond memory from that time.

Stu Schneider
MBA '77

- Stuart Schneider

Along with some others, I was shocked to read the news in the most recent Pace Magazine. I first became acquainted with Dr. Varanelli back in 1994 when at the suggestion of Dr. Topol and Dr. Dory, he joined my Doctoral Dissertation Committee at Pace. He was a perfect member because his engineering background fit very well with my topic. We soon became friends. I was very honored a few years later when he invited me back to Pace to review EMBA projects. We also had similar interests in politics and I always enjoyed our discussions. I invited Andy to my house about a year ago for a gathering but he had another committment. Now, I wish I had been able to see him. He was a very kind man that was always willing to give his time and help. Now that I am a professor myself, I tell my students I want to help them because when I was a student, there were people that helped me. Andy Varanelli was one of those people and I will always be grateful for the chance to know him and for his help.

- Joseph Scuralli

I met Dr Varanelli early in my college career in 1977. He was a dynamic instructor who influenced me to make MIS as my major. I was fortunate to have him as an instructor for a few courses during which he often challenged his students. I enjoyed this. When I think of my years at Pace, I think of Dr Varanelli. He was the best....

- Richard Sierra

I was a member of the Pace Executive MBA Program class that graduated in 1978. Andy was one of our professors, and he was a teacher who we all found it very easy to like and relate to. I don't have specific recall, but I seem to remember he taught quantitative management skills and had to deal with resistance related to our math deficiencies and lack of familiarity with computers. (After all, we were managers - people people, not doers!) What I do remember well is Andy's positive outlook and interpersonal skills. It has been interesting to learn of all the programs and changes he was able to facilitate during his Pace career. He always had a kind laugh - which is evident in the pictures and slide show on this site. I was sorry to learn of his death.

- Carol Stanwood

Andy was the first person I met at Pace when I was being interviewed for a position in the Dept. of Mgt. and Mgt. Sci., and as department chair he made the job offer. In one sentence he put the offer on the table and told me it was as much as he could do. That was Andy -- telling it like it was. I had a pocketful of carefully constructed negotiating points. They stayed in my pocket. I believed him, so I just said yes.

Like everyone else on a tenure track, I was anxious. Andy told me to focus on publishing and stop worrying, that I was a perfect fit with Pace. And again I believed him, because he was Andy. I did get tenure, and I did publish. Andy, Dan Baugher and I coauthored many research papers, and it would be hard to imagine a collaboration with more compatibility and mutual respect.

Andy was instrumental in bringing me into the EMBA program, of which he was a founder and moving force. For that I owe him the most thanks of all. EMBA faculty meetings are spirited; we argue passionately about all sort of things. Andy got involved only when he felt an issue was particularly important -- and he didn't argue much. He stated his position and sometimes he convinced us he was right. Other times he didn't. Yet somehow decisions seemed to end up going Andy's way. Stubborn? Yes. Beloved by all us of? Absolutely.

Andy was a wonderful friend, mentor, and colleague.

- Ellen Weisbord

Absolutely one of the best professors at Pace University when I was a student (MBA 1975-1978). His standards were high both for students and for himself. Over the years while working with computers I have often thought of him as one of my role models.

- Jane Wolff