In Memoriam: Toni-Lee Capossela

March 06, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We are sad to share news we recently received about the passing of Toni-Lee Capossela (Cerulli), BU class of 1964 and HER House alumna. Toni-Lee passed away on November 5, 2017. 

Professor, Biographer, and Chef Toni-Lee Capossela, 74, passed away on November 5 [2017] surrounded by her loving family. She was a professor, author, and chef, and lived in the South End, Boston. She was the eldest daughter of N. Francis Cerulli and Mary G. (Buck) Cerulli, and was born in Pittsburgh, PA on Sept. 19, 1943. She graduated from Mt. St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell, N.J. and earned a B.A. degree in English Literature from Boston University summa cum laude and M.A. and Ph. D. degrees in English Literature from Brandeis University. She taught rhetoric, writing, and composition at Boston University's College of Basic Studies, UMass-Boston, Cape Cod Community College, Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass-Dartmouth), and Northeastern University before joining the faculty at Stonehill College in 1991. At Stonehill she served as director of the Writing Program, coordinator of the Writing Center, and was promoted to full professor in 2001. She retired in 2004 in order to write the biography of John U. Monro. John U. Monro: Uncommon Educator was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2012. Her other publications include The Critical Writing Workshop: Designing Writing Assignments to Foster Critical Thinking (1993), Language Matters: Readings for College Writers (1996), The Harcourt Brace Guide to Peer Tutoring (1998), and many articles in academic journals.

See a full obituary from the Boston Globe online. 

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