Honorable Frank Annunzio, Founder

Written by on May 15, 2014 in Board of Trustees

frank_annunzio_2Representative Frank Annunzio’s (D lL) vision for a philanthropic federal foundation that would honor the memory of Christopher Columbus through community service finally came to life in 1992, which coincided with the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas.

Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 12, 1915; Annunzio graduated from Crane Technical High School, Chicago, Ill.; B.S., DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., 1940; M.A., DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., 1942; teacher, Chicago public schools, 1936-1943; assistant supervisor of the National Defense Program at Austin High School, 1942-1943; educational representative of the United Steelworkers of America, 1943-1948; chairman, War Ration Board 40-20, 1943-1945; Advisory Committee to Illinois Industrial Commission on Health and Safety, 1944-1949; Advisory Committee on Unemployment Compensation, 1944-1949; director of labor, State of Illinois, 1949-1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1993); chairman, Committee on House Administration (Ninety-eighth through One Hundred First Congresses), Joint Committee on Printing (Ninety-eighth and One Hundredth Congresses), Joint Committee on the Library (Ninety-ninth and One Hundred First Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress; was a resident of Chicago, Ill.; died on April 8, 2001, in Chicago, Ill.; interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.


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