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Subject: Lawrence J. DeNardis, Former U.S. congressman, UNH president


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Date Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 01:20:15pm

NEW HAVEN — Family and colleagues remembered the late Lawrence J. DeNardis, former U.S. congressman and previous president of the University of New Haven, as dedicated to the campus and Connecticut.

DeNardis died at 80 on Friday at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his family, according to his obituary.

DeNardis was the University of New Haven’s fifth president, serving from 1991 to 2004.

“Dr. DeNardis’ legacy is embedded in the University of New Haven,” said Steven H. Kaplan, president of UHN, in a letter to the campus. “It can be seen in the remarkable work of our students, faculty and staff, as well as our alumni. He embodied the spirit and history of this great institution, and we are grateful for his many contributions.”






DeNardis was active in Connecticut politics, most notably serving a term as a U.S. representative for the Third District from 1981 to 1983. He was also a Connecticut state senator from 1970 to 1979, where he sponsored the state’s first school funding formula to equalize funding between school districts, according to his obituary.

“Larry was deeply committed to public service, devoted to his country, his community and his beloved state of Connecticut,” said his daughter, Lesley DeNardis, in the letter. “His loss leaves a great void in our family and our community. We are especially grateful to those of you who shared Dad’s last days with us; thank you for your support and your prayers.”

DeNardis was also a delegate at the Connecticut State Republican conventions from 1966-1982, where he served as chairman in 1982, in addition to serving as a delegate in the 1976 Republican National Convention.


He held several other positions, including president of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges from 1979 to 1980 and acting assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services from 1985 to 1987.

Most recently, DeNardis served as a member of the Connecticut State Board of Regents for Higher Education and chairman of the Connecticut Humanities Council.

He was born in New Haven and graduated from Hamden High School in 1956, where he met his wife of 57 years, Mary Louise White. They had four children and five grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Beecher and Bennett Funeral Service, with a Mass held at noon Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hamden.





The University of New Haven also plans to hold a memorial service soon.

http://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Lawrence-J-DeNardis-former-U-S-congressman-13183667.php

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