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Cono N. Carrano

December 5, 1914 - December 19, 2011

Obituary


Cono Nicholas Carrano, 97, born Dec. 5, 1914, died Dec. 18, 2011, in Austin, TX.
Cono, often known as Con, was born in Brooklyn, NY to Italian immigrant parents. He had three older sisters, who all preceded him in death. Con was a graduate of the City College of New York, the first in his family to earn a college degree. Education played an important role in his life; he also studied at the University of Michigan, American University and several US Army schools, eventually completing two Masters Degrees.
During World War II, Con enlisted...

Cono Nicholas Carrano, 97, born Dec. 5, 1914, died Dec. 18, 2011, in Austin, TX.
Cono, often known as Con, was born in Brooklyn, NY to Italian immigrant parents. He had three older sisters, who all preceded him in death. Con was a graduate of the City College of New York, the first in his family to earn a college degree. Education played an important role in his life; he also studied at the University of Michigan, American University and several US Army schools, eventually completing two Masters Degrees.
During World War II, Con enlisted in the Army, and quickly rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. His most significant role was as the Command Sergeant Major of an Italian POW camp in California, where he put his fluency in Italian and knowledge of the culture to good use. His military career spanned nearly 30 years, both on active duty and in the US Army Reserve, from which he retired in 1968 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Con was a successful businessman, a pioneer in recycling paper fiber. He was influential in the pulp and paper industry through his activity in its professional organization.
He later returned to education, first as Dean of Faculty at Eastern Military Academy in Huntington, NY, and later as a history and English teacher at several Long Island high schools. He served on numerous boards and civic associations, including several decades with the Mental Health Association of Suffolk County, Long Island, NY.
Con was married to Eleanor Rohr Carrano (died 1953) and Lucille Marmon Carrano (died 2008), and took enormous pride in the accomplishments of his four children, twelve grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. A lifelong deeply faithful Roman Catholic, Con was active in St. Elizabeth's Parish in Huntington, NY, for over 30 years and also participated in parish life at St. John Neumann in Austin, TX.
Con loved a party, good food, and a good joke; no-one could tell a better story. Psychology, history and politics all received the focus of his keen intellect. Articulate and opinionated, he was never reluctant to share his thoughts. His wit and force of personality will be missed by all who experienced them.