1938 Jon 2021

Jon E. Iannitti

July 28, 1938 — January 28, 2021

Jon Iannitti would often reflect on life’s experiences and expectations with humor, once suggesting that if he reached the age of 90, he’d have an A. He did not reach that age, yet if a life of personal accomplishments and wishes fulfilled at the age of 82 brought happiness, this was so. He passed away peacefully on January 28 of this year.
Jon Edward Iannitti was born in New York City in July of 1938 to parents Dominic Iannitti and Margaret Mills. His father, a postman and self-taught cabinetmaker, moved the family when Jon was to enter junior high school, from the Bronx, NY to the Hudson Valley summerhouse he’d built over several summers. Jon graduated from the Pine Plains C. S., entered Clarkson University as an engineering student but found Liberal Arts studies of greater interest. He transferred to Harpur College, Binghamton University, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and continued his studies in history at the University of Connecticut. A break from Connecticut took him to California for a brief period during the late 1960’s.
Returning to the East Coast in 1970, Jon began a rewarding 30year career at SUNY Morrisville College, teaching Sociology, World History, and Environmental History, from a global history perspective. In the spring of 1971 he met Carol Makowsky, a teacher at M-ECS, on a blind date. They married in January of 1972, and that summer traveled by Eurail Pass, exploring several cities in Europe and the Mediterranean. Their mutual interests of travel, art, theatre, and music, were meaningful connections during their 49 years of marriage. With their son Evan, born in 1984, these interests became opportunities for shared family excursions.
Retiring from SUNY Morrisville in 2000, Professor Emeritus Iannitti sought a different challenge - love of art and history merged into one of creativity, putting paint and brush to canvas. He took painting classes from Chris Cirillo, School of Art, Munson-Williams Art Institute, and any other avenue inspiring his work. At times these were ideas from his wife’s travel photos. He’d playfully alter form, using humor and social comment within the context of his scenes. Often whimsically portrayed, his urban New York City settings, Hamilton’s historic buildings, and the Colgate University campus took on new life. An artist member of the non-profit MAD Art, Inc. his paintings could be seen in the gallery on Lebanon Street, and in the community at various times. His work hung in La Iguana until the restaurant closed, also at Circa in Cazenovia, the old Barge Canal Café in Hamilton, locations in Skaneateles, the Elms Mansion Gallery in Utica, the Holiday Art Show at the Earlville Opera House, and for juried shows at the Cazenovia Gallery of Art, Chenango Colorscape Arts Festival in Norwhich, and the Sherburne NY Art Fair. With fellow MAD Art artists, his work appeared in group exhibitions at the Hamilton Public Library, the Cazenovia Public Library, the Kirkland Town Library, and the New Woodstock Free Library. A Juried exhibition titled ‘A Manhattan Stretch-Warp Experience’ appeared at the Earlville Opera House Gallery in 2017.
His wife, Carol, son Evan, of Waterford, NY, nieces Joanna Stich Bryant of Ohio, and Laura Stich Tomlinson of Delaware, and their children, survives Jon. His sister, Carol Iannitti Stich predeceased him in 2003.
Jon felt strongly about supporting the important work being carried out on a daily basis by the organization Doctors Without Borders, if one wishes to make a contribution.
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