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Monday, March 27, 2017

Bruno A. Arcudi, 93

Bruno A. Arcudi, a former Westport resident and chair of the Board of Education, died March 17 in Buffalo, New York. He was 93.

He was born June 9, 1923 in Westport, the son of Carmelo and Mary (Passafiume) Arcudi

He graduated from Yale University in 1944 on an accelerated program, and then served as a navigator in the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force during World War II. 

He completed his studies at Yale where he received a Ph.D. after the war. As he was studying at Yale, he served Westport as chairman of the Board of Education.

It was at this time that he was instrumental in the town’s purchase of the land on which Staples High and Bedford Middle School now sit.

He resigned as board chair in January 1955 to take a position at the University of California at Berkeley. 

He also taught at Yale and Rutgers before serving his country once again in the U.S. Information Agency in Brazil and Italy. 

He returned to his teaching career as head of the Italian Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo.

His survivors include his three sons, Charles, Anthony, and John and two grandsons, Joseph and Zachary; also five siblings, Rose DiMartino, Anna Malootian, Elvira Ebling, Angela McKelvey, and Joseph Arcudi, former Westport first selectman. He was predeceased by his parents, his ex-wife, Lynn, and his brother John. 

There will be a Memorial Mass for him on Saturday, May 6 at noon at the Church of the Assumption in Westport.

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