Friday, March 4, 2011

Former Legal Writing Professor, Tony Zito (1942-2011)

Zito, Tony Professor Anthony S. Zito, Jr. passed away earlier this week, surrounded by his family.  Tony was born April 17, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from John Adams High School where he was an avid baseball, soccer player and wrestler. He worked his way through college and law school, earning his A.B., J.D., and L.L.M. from The Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tony wasassociated with law firms in Cleveland and Cincinnati and taught at Dyke College in Cleveland and Northern Kentucky University Law School before joining the faculty of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1974. At John Marshall, he organized the Legal Writing and Conditional Licensing programs. He authored several law review articles and taught Legal Ethics, Family Law, and Corporations. He retired after 35 years in 2009.

Tony was affectionately known as "Papa Bee" to hundreds of soccer playing youth in the Lisle/Naperville area, whom he coached and managed as founder of the Stingers F.C. Tony organized the popular, annual "Jack O'Lantern Soccer Tournament" for 14 years. Tony and his wife Joanne (nee Provenzano) met in 1962, and were married for 47 years. He is also survived by two children, Judie (John) Nash and Thaddeus (Gina) Zito all of Channahon. His world was his three beautiful grandchildren, Lilith and Scarlett Nash and Sam Zito. He also leaves behind a sister, JoAnn (James) Jonovich of Cleveland, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Lena(nee Anselmo) Zito.

A Funeral Mass will be held in Tony's honor tomorrow, Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Ann Catholic Church, Channahon, Illinois.

Tony's colleagues at The John Marshall Law School extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and former students.  We thank him for his early leadership and contributions to the improvement of how we teach legal writing.


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