Mario Rossi
Herald-Journal / Herald American
The Post-Standard

Mario Rossi, a Syracuse native, started his newspaper career at 17 as a summer-time reporter for The Post-Standard and was still writing columns for the Syracuse Newspapers almost seven decades later.

In between, Mario was a reporter, political writer, columnist, night editor and managing editor for the Herald-Journal and The Post-Standard He also took some time out of his newspaper career to serve as a federal government executive in Syracuse and New York City; executive secretary to a Syracuse mayor, a television moderator, ad agency president, and a part-time member of the faculty of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and its forerunner, the School of Journalism.

He was a past president of the New York State Society of Newspaper Editors, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Citizen Committee of the Onondaga County Family Court, and was a member of the Sigma Delta Chi journalism honorary.

His community service was as varied as his newspaper career. He served on the boards of a number of organizations including Dunbar Center, Junior Achievement, House of Providence, St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center, Villa Scalabrini, and Elmcrest Center.

Among the honors Mario received were LeMoyne College's Simon LeMoyne Medal, St. Thomas More Medal, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Syracuse Press, Club, and awards from the Columbus Monument Memorial Association, Boys and Girls Club of Italy, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Catholic Charities and the George Washington Medal of the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge.

In his retirement, Mario continued to write three columns weekly (one a social commentary and the other two on antiques) until his death on Feb. 23, 2001, at the age of 83.
--Joseph A. Porcello