Dr. Dorothy Albanese, a resident of Scarsdale for 59 years, passed away peacefully on May 20.
She was born on July 25, 1928 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the eighth of nine children to Carmelo and Paolina La Rosa Scalora.
She graduated from Lowell Teachers College in Massachusetts with a BS in Education. She earned her MSEd from Boston University and her PhD in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in reading from Fordham University.
She began her teaching career in the Newton, Massachusetts, Public School System. Later she decided to teach in an American Dependent School and was assigned the U.S. Air Force Base in Wiesbaden, Germany where she met Capt. John Albanese, MD. After their marriage, they made their home in Scarsdale where they raised their three daughters.
In the 1960s, Dr. Albanese taught reading at Quaker Ridge School in Scarsdale. After completing her PhD, she was a full-time professor and chairperson of the graduate and undergraduate education departments at Iona College. She holds the title of professor emerita. During her tenure at Iona College, she supervised student teachers, taught methods courses, ran an on-campus reading clinic for local kindergarten to 12th-grade students, wrote curriculum for the New York City Board of Education, Mount Vernon, and the Yonkers school districts. She served on the board of trustees of Iona Grammar School for many years. She was a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and later St. Pius X Church, both in Scarsdale.
Her family said Dr. Albanese was an avid reader and a pianist and enjoyed traveling the world, but her greatest love, they said, was her family.
She is survived by her three daughters, Paula (Jerry Magaletti), Marybeth (Jay Petschek) and Kathie (John Barbera) and her grandchildren, John (Cristen), Mark (Sandra) and Amy Magaletti, Andrew and Laura Petschek and Jake and Julie Barbera. She has four great-grandchildren. Her husband, John, passed away in 2010.
Details regarding visitation hours and the funeral can be found on the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes website.