Henry "Hank" T. Santulli, ’63, MA’64, passed away on March 11, 2011.
Hank was born March 20, 1941, in Newark, N.Y. He graduated from Notre Dame High School, Elmira, N.Y., and enrolled at Niagara University. It was there Hank met his wife of nearly 47 years, Patricia Casale Santulli, ’63. He played basketball at Niagara. He later completed his education at Syracuse University, receiving a postgraduate degree in educational administration.
He began his teaching career at Bishop Duffy High School. His college roommate (Mike Fischette, ’63, landed them both a job at East Syracuse-Minoa High School. He became a guidance counselor, later the director of guidance, and finally, the principal and director of secondary education.
He was a former member of the board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation, Syracuse, N.Y.; past president of the Central New York Directors of Guidance Counselors Organization; and retired member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In 1984, he had to begin dialysis because his kidneys had failed. He struggled against the genetic disease, polycystic kidney disease. Hank remained on dialysis while maintaining his full-time position as high school principal at East Syracuse-Minoa. In 1986, he was fortunate enough to receive a kidney transplant. Missing only a few weeks of school, he returned to school and became actively involved in the Central New York Kidney Foundation, acting as president and serving on the board of directors.
Thirty-one years later, Hank and his wife both retired from East Syracuse-Minoa H.S. and moved to golf-course living at Ford's Colony, Williamsburg, Va. Two years into his retirement, his transplanted kidney failed and he was once again forced to the routine of dialysis. Hank's health began to fail, and the prognosis wasn't good. Because the transplant list had a multiple-year waiting list, it was a known fact Hank would not survive the wait. It was then an angel came into his life and offered him his third change of life. A dear friend, Julie Chamberlain, offered him one of her kidneys, and for the past 10 years, Hank gave thanks to his special angel and the gift of life she provided him. Until Hank's recent illness kept him off the course, Hank enjoyed retirement by spending a great deal of time playing golf. He became a 21st century digital fan over the past few years by enjoying his iPhone and iPad. He could often be found by the pool reading books and newspapers and following his favorite teams, the New York Yankees, Notre Dame football, and Syracuse University basketball on his iPad. The last few years had not been easy on Hank. Neighbors in The Villages, Fla., provided physical and spiritual help. Prayer groups across many denominations made sure Hank would remain robust enough to enjoy his family. Hank's life was blessed so many ways. Hank was preceded in death by his father, Henry Joseph Santulli. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Casale Santulli, ’63, of The Villages, Fla.; son, Mark Damon Santulli of Longwood, Fla.; daughter, Tracy Santulli (David) Romano, and granddaughter, Samantha Paige Romano of Manlius, N.Y.; his mother, Jeanette Minonno Santulli; brother, Thomas Joseph (Patricia) Santulli , '71, of Elmira, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Anthony J. (Gail) Casale, ’59, of Port Charlotte, Fla.,
They were a true Niagara University family.