I knew Toni Annarino long before I met him. He was part of many stories that my Dad shared with me and then my sons. These stories began at Slippery Rock when Dad and Toni were room mates and majoring in Physical Education. One such story involved a touch football game in which Toni met Betts. Other tales were of summers at Twin Lake Camp in Vermont and of course the many happy days as Boilermakers at Purdue. I met Toni when we were dropping my youngest at Purdue as an entering freshman. Both my boys were immediately drawn to Toni and have commented in the years since how much Toni reminded them of thier Pappa Mac. We know that the two men are together and continue to talk about education, football, Purdue and family.
Toni touched many lives. I will always be grateful that he touched mine and Patrick and JT&s. He was a remarkable man and left his mark on all of us who knew him.
The Annarino family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We trust that your many happy memories of Toni will comfort you in the months ahead.
I will truley miss my annual homecoming visit with Dr. Annarino at Ross Ade stadium. The Annarino Family and the Purdue Community have lost a great member,mentor and fan.
Even though I was graduate from the Physical Education department at Purdue, I was teaching mathematics in the public schools. I returned to Purdue for my masters program and I was blessed in having Dr. Annarino for many of my graduate classes. He knew I would probably never teach physical education so he re-designed all I did for him with mathematics in mind.
It was the most enlightening experience of my life and I thank Dr. Annarino for helping me to become the educator I have become.
Even though it has been many years since I left Purdue, I often reflect on those great experiences and my memories of Dr. Annarino.
My God Bless my friend, and welcome him with open arms.
I first met Tony when Walt and I stopped at Purdue to play golf with Tony. We had a great time. I was really impressed not only with his golf game, but with his wit. My only regret is that our times together were limited and I didn&t have more time to share in his wisdom.
Purdue and your family have lost a wonderful man!
Sorry to hear about your dad passing. Mary just called and told me I don&t read the paper so I didn&t see it. It made me think of when we worked together. I always liked your dad. I would see him around from time to time and he would always speak to me. Hope you and your family are doing good. I can&t believe your girls are married!! Are they old enough?!! We have four grandkids and life is good.
Tony Annarino was a giant of a man in our professsion! He served at all levels, state, district and national. He distinguished himself as a leader, serving as President of Indiana AHPERD, Midwest AHPERD and the American Alliance. I had the privilege of attending Purdue and having Tony as ""cheerleader"" for me as I followed his footsteps in leadership of the state and district associations. I never had him in class because the women and men&s PE departments at Purdue were separate (pre Title IX). When I became President, Tony became a trusted mentor who provided information and support. He was an ""in your face"" kind of guy who challenged and chided, yet supported and sided. We had a great trip to Washington to meet our Congressmen from Indiana. Tony&s name could ""get us in."" Even after he retired, Tony kept in touch. He did a curriculum review for our college. We always connected at conventions. His influence on AAHPERD structure and operations has been felt. His straight taught and common sense served our profession well. Peace to you and your family at this sad time. May the fond memories of days gone by and the love of family carry you through the sorrow.
Blessings on you,
I send my sincere condolences at the loss of your father and grandfather. May you have a heart full of wonderful memories to sustain you during your grief. Tony was a consummate professional and a distinguished member of our profession. I always enjoyed our conversations about our profession and it&s future directions. His spunk and energy will be missed. God bless him.
Dr. Karen J. Dowd
AAHPERD President 1996-97
Terry Marcoline PE &64
A great teacher and a person I always admired and respected.
He will be missed...