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August 26, 2009

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John Stanley

I went to grade school and high school at Sts. Phillip and James with Dr. Arangio. Living 11 miles from school my parents only relented went I was a senior and allowed me to play footfall. I played along side of George on the right end and being the new kid needed help from time to time on my assignment. Our offense was almost always a hurry up offense. Never let the other guys catch their breath, so going long and running back to the huddle, I would get the next play from George. It amazed me that from the right tackle position, George new what every opposing player was doing on every play and contributed to the game plan.
In the 1960-61 season, we were undefeated. George was not only quick and powerful on the field, he was a thinking player. His success in the medical field was not surprizing to me given his ability to think on his feet, his generosity (his heart is as big as all outdoors) and his caring. Side by side, I stand slightly taller than he, but in my eyes, he is a giant and he is my friend.

joseph r. cervasio

John, thanks for taking the time to reflect back on our mutual friend, Dr. George Arangio. His silent example to me at Cornell when he visited after one year at Medical School became a standard of excellence for me to follow. Then, we finally met and he has become a mentor and dear friend to me and my family. Indeed, good old St. Philips and St. James cultivated some giants, and George was one of them. I will tell him of your gracious reverie and tribute.
Joe Cervasio

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