Q11: You mentioned in your answer to our first question that we asked
that: Maybe you were looking for your Borelli moment . What did
you mean by your Borelli Moment.?
I am the son of a school
janitor. My father had two brothers, John and Ralph.
Moment # 1
His older one John, was a graduate of Marquette University
with a degree in medicine. He opened a practice in Hamilton Ohio. He was
drafted in WWII and served as a battlefield doctor in the Philippine
invasion. At war's end he led the first medical team into occupied
Japan. He was discharged in 1946 as a Lt. Colonel. He was awarded
the Selective Service Medal of Honor. He went back to his practice in
Hamilton Ohio. After he retired his practice he took a position as
Director of the VA Hospital in Cincinnati. When they closed that VA
hospital he went back to Mercy Hospital in Hamilton Ohio, where he had
interned , to open their first Trauma Center which in his honor, was named after him.
Borelli Moment # 2
My Father's younger brother Ralph was a Yale
University trained, extremely talented, classical concert pianist. He was
requested,by some of the World's most famous Opera Singers to accompany them when they performed at Yale
Woolsey Hall. Ralph has his moment, but he had a nervous breakdown and
was never able to perform again.
Borelli Moment # 3
My own Brother Ron was CEO and Chairman of the
Board of Avvid Technology. The leader in Heat Sink technology. He
basically took the company from a 30 million dollar company to a 300
million dollar company having ,in the process, creating a couple of
thousand jobs. He was named Business Man of the Year in 1998 by Business
New Hampshire and made the cover of that issue. He also worked with Governor
Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. She appointed him to represent New
Hampshire at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future in Philadelphia
in 1997. She also appointed him to the Board of Trustees of New Hampshire Community Technical Colleges
and he served as Chairman of the Community Colleges’ Foundation. In his
memory there is the annual Ronald F. Borelli Legacy
Scholarship awarded to a NH resident with demonstrated financial needs. There is also a Class Room in Dartmouth College , Tuck School of
Business, named in his honor.
These Borelli moments may not have
an achievement level that other families have obtained, but their
significance comes from the fact that they were the first and second
generation of a poor uneducated Italian immigrant family.
Where as the other Borelli's' excelled in a universal manner, my father
remained a school janitor. I doubt that having passed my 75th year of
dwelling on this earth without achieving my Moment,
that this website or my writings
will grant me my Borelli Moment. I will most likely be remembered only as the son of a school janitor.
However, knowing my father's reputation as that of a great person,
that worked 3 jobs to pay for his 2 sons to go to the best college prep
high school in our area, that continued working those 3 jobs to pay for
their college tuitions, and that worked with the boys to teach them
their male responsibilities and how to live as Christians, and for those
things, I am proud to be known as the son of that Great Man named
Alphonse Borelli who just happened to be a