Casper A. (Cas) Scalzi

Casper A. (Cas) Scalzi, of Poughkeepsie, New York died on June 27, 2008 at his home at the age of 78. Mr. Scalzi was an IBM retiree. He worked for the company for 42 years, most of it in the Poughkeepsie Laboratory, and he retired as a Senior Technical Staff Member. Mr. Scalzi is credited with 34 issued U.S. patents and was honored with two IBM corporate awards for playing key technical roles in the development of Enterprise Systems Architecture ( access registers) and PR/SM (logical portioning of main frame computer systems). Additionally, he received an IBM outstanding patent award for the basic access register patent. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Cas was a graduate of Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport (Class of 1948) and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree in 1952 from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. Following graduation and before joining IBM, he served two years in the U.S. Army at the Signal School, then located at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He was honorably discharged as a corporal. Mr. Scalzi was an accomplished duplicate bridge player and had attained Gold Life Master status. He was a frequent supporter of local clubs and nearby regional tournaments. Cas was a past president of the Duchess County Bridge Association and for many years, he was the business manager of the Poughkeepsie YMCA Bridge Club. As a frequent traveler, he visited all inhabited continents. A lover of fine art, Cas enjoyed visiting art galleries and had an extensive collection for his own enjoyment. In addition to his late parents Casper F. Scalzi and Gizella Kollar Scalzi, he was also predeceased by his sister Joan DiPronio and brothers in-law Frank DiPronio Jr. and Frank Twiss. He is survived by his sister, Arlene Twiss; nieces, Christine Hare and her husband, Gary, Jill Cullen and her husband, John; and a nephew, Nicholas DiPronio and his Wife, Chantel; as well as six grand nieces and one grand nephew. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 2,2008 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Ave, Stratford. Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Stratford. Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 from 4 to 8 pm at the Dennis & D'Arcy Funeral Home, 2611 Main Street, Stratford. Mr. Scalzi established a scholarship fund at Fairfield University to provide financial aid to students of Mathematics or Computer Sciences. The first award was made in 1999. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Casper A. Scalzi Scholarship Fund at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For online condolences and directions please visit:

Published in the Connecticut Post on 6/30/2008.

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