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KSU professor Angelo Charles Garzio

Angelo Charles Garzio, a well-known artist, potter and professor on the faculty of Kansas State University, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. He was 85.

Mr. Garzio was a master potter and KSU distinguished graduate professor of art. He was a resident of Manhattan for more than 50 years.

Prof. Garzio was born July 22, 1922 in the small Italian village of Mirabello Sannitico in the Molise region. In what was a familiar story in those days, his father immigrated to this country first, working in Syracuse, N.Y. as a bricklayer and stonemason until the rest of the family could afford to join him. Angelo and his mother Rose, joined his father in this country in 1929. Raised as an only child (his brother, Giovanni, died in Italy as a toddler of influenza), Angelo was educated in the Syracuse public school system.