Obituary: Eugene F. Policelli, Ph.D.

Eugene F. Policelli, 62, of South Windsor, Conn., died unexpectedly on Aug. 24. An accomplished scholar and educator, Dr. Policelli was the founding director of Graduate Career Services at Yale University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In the space of one year at the University, he developed a remarkable array of programs.

Eugene F. Policelli, 62, of South Windsor, Conn., died unexpectedly on Aug. 24. An accomplished scholar and educator, Dr. Policelli was the founding director of Graduate Career Services at Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In the space of one year at the University, he developed a remarkable array of programs.

“Gene was an energetic, optimistic and caring man,” said Susan Hockfield, dean of Yale Graduate School. “During this past year, he gave unstintingly to the University, and his creativity and infectious enthusiasm made Yale a better place. He was happy to be here, and we were privileged to have him as a colleague. We will miss him deeply.”

Richard Sleight, associate dean of the Graduate School, added, ” Gene made a difference in the way students saw their lives. They would go to him feeling discouraged, and come away eager to complete their degrees and enthusiastic about the future.”

Born in Orange, N.J., he received a B.A. degree in philosophy from St. Lawrence Seminary and served the Capuchin Franciscans for seven years. He earned a M.A. degree in classics from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Policelli was a civic leader, educator and career counselor. He served on the Board of Education in South Windsor for 12 years, and worked at the University of Connecticut for 25 years as the administrator for student services and, finally, as assistant director of career services. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University for several years and wrote numerous articles for professional journals and the Hartford Courant.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Policelli, an administrator in South Windsor Public Schools; sons Robert and Tom; daughter Maura; and daughter-in-law Elizabeth.

The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 673 Ellington Rd., South Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Dr. Eugene F. Policelli Scholarship Fund, c/o Bank of South Windsor, Attention: Susan Maloney, 1695 Ellington Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074.

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