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educator , journalist , writer

Dan Anthony D'Amelio, American writer, journalist, educator. Achievements include broadening the educational horizons of severely mentally retarded children, who were viewed as being incapable of learning the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Named Spur Award finalist, Western Writers of America, 1992; recipient Massaro Honorary Mention award, University Rhode Island, 1999, DeAngelis prize in history, 2002.

Background

D'Amelio, Dan Anthony was born on December 5, 1927 in New York, United States. Son of Frank and Nina (Potenza) D'Amelio.

Education

Bachelor of Science, New York University, 1954.

Career

Editorial staff Columbia Broadcasting System-television News, New York, 1955—1958. Teacher English and journalism E. Islip High School, E. Islip, New York, 1958—1960. Teacher Brentwood School District, Brentwood, 1960—1965.

Press representative National Bank of N. American, Hempstead, 1965—1969. Editor, special education American Education Publication, Middletown, Connecticut, 1969—1974. Part-time instructor writing University Southern Connecticut, New Haven, 1974—1977.

Institutional materials specialist Connecticut Dept of Education, Hartford, 1975—1979. Editor Southington Herald, 1979—1982. Owner, managing editor Potenz Editorial, Portland, 1982—1987.

Served with United States Army, 1946-1947, Italy.

Achievements

  • Achievements include broadening the educational horizons of severely mentally retarded children, who were viewed as being incapable of learning the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: Taller Than Bandai Mountain (The Life of Doctor Hideyo Noguchi), 1968 (nominated Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book award, 1969), (young adult novel) Severely Retarded Children: Wider Horizons, 1971, Silvabamba, 1977, (book of poems) Say Hello to America, 2003. Co-author: (textbook) Experiences in Journalism, 1966, Americans Then and Now, 1979. Contributor textbook series, articles to professional journal.

Connections

Married Fanny Teresa Di Frenza, November 18, 1956. Children: Frank, Dan, Nina, Teresa.

father:
Frank D'Amelio

mother:
Nina (Potenza) D'Amelio

spouse:
Fanny Teresa Di Frenza

children:
Frank D'Amelio

Dan D'Amelio

Nina D'Amelio

Teresa D'Amelio