Sociology professor Robert Vasoli dies


Robert H. Vasoli, associate professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, died Monday (May 1).

BornJuly 24, 1925, inPhiladelphia, he attended schools there before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.He was graduated fromLaSalleCollegein 1952 and arrived at Notre Dame the same year as a graduate student. He earned masters and doctoral degrees from Notre Dame in 1953 and 1964, respectively, and was a member of the Universitys sociology faculty from 1957 until his retirement in 1990.A scholarly specialist in criminology, he also taught courses atLeMoyneCollegeinSyracuse,N.Y., Indiana University Northwest, andValparaisoUniversity.

Vasoli is survived by two daughters, Maria Christina and Theresa Anne, both of Portland, Ore.; two sons, Anthony Robert of Chicago and Vincent Matthew (Maile) of Rochester, Minn.; a grandson, Rocco Antonio Matsui of Rochester, Minn.; one sister, Joyce M. (William) Wallis of Doylestown, Pa., and two brothers, Edward J. (Paulette) of Lower Gwynedd, Pa., and Raymond T. of Norristown, Pa.

A member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, of IBEW Local Union No. 98and of the Golden Boys Golf Club of South Bend, he also was the author ofWhat God Has Joined Together,a leading reference book on marriage annulments in the Catholic Church in America.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at9:30 a.m.Friday (May 5) in Notre Dames Basilica of the Sacred Heart, followed by burial inCedarGroveCemetery.

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