Official Statement on the Death of Peter Wallace Rodino, Jr.


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

Attribute to Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli, Chairman, National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) 

On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), we mourn the loss of Peter W. Rodino, Jr., a great supporter and friend of the Foundation, who became a symbol of integrity to our nation and to Italian Americans.

As one of the NIAF’s founders, Peter Rodino dedicated much of his time to our mission while he served on the foundation’s board of directors from 1975 through 1998.

He will be remembered for his great patience, caution, enormous generosity and fairness during his career in public service.

Washington, DC
May 11, 2005

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