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College Mourns the Loss of Eugene Conese Sr.

College Mourns the Loss of Eugene P. Conese Sr. 

New Rochelle, NY (March 21, 2015) Iona College benefactor and former trustee Eugene P. Conese Sr. ’51, ’01H, passed away on Thursday, March 19. 

“Mr. Conese was a sterling example of what it means to be an Ionian,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “He fought the good fight and will be forever remembered in the hallowed halls of Iona College.“ 

Conese was a loyal and generous alumnus of Iona and steadfastly supported the College’s growth and mission. He served with distinction as a member of the Board of Trustees and most recently as a member of the Iona Forever Campaign Cabinet, providing leadership to Iona’s soon-to-be-announced largest comprehensive fundraising endeavor in the College’s 75-year history. In 2001, Iona College conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on Mr. Conese and in 2008 named the North Avenue student residence Conese Hall to honor him and his wife, Anna May.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Frances and Frank Conese Endowed Scholarship Fund (go to or contact Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs, at (914) 637-2710 or

See an obituary in the New York Times.

March 26 update: Sadly, we learned of the passing of Mr. Conese's wife, Anna May. A mass for the couple and their interment will take place this Saturday, March 28.  

10 a.m., Funeral Mass
Holy Family Church, 83 Clove Road, New Rochelle, N.Y.
11:30 a.m., Burial
Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 W. Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, N.Y.

Mr. Conese talked with Iona Mass Communications faculty member Mike Damergis on July 18, 2014, during a visit to the Coneses’ Newport, R.I., home with Iona’s President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., and Senior Vice President Paul J. Sutera. The resulting video shares the lifestyle, work ethic and moral compass of a great alumnus with current and future students of Iona College. 

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