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Professor Edmund Turiello

  Prof. Edmund Turiello, retired, has been writing for the Post-Gazette since 1980, when he was recommended to Phyllis Donnaruma by Al Longo of Publicity Inc., an old Marine Corp. buddy that he's known since 1943. His column, "Stirpe Nostra," highlights some of the more interesting aspects of Italian ancestry, lineage and roots.
   Edmund's father, Virgil Turiello, was born in Italy. His mother, Mary DiPesa, was born on Charter Street in Boston and attended the North Bennet Street School in the North End. In 1905 they were married at the Prince Street Church in the North End of Boston.
   Edmund was born in Revere, Massachusetts on October 2, 1916, and attended Revere public schools, graduating in 1935. He married Gertrude Rizzo, also of Revere, on June 21, 1942.
   Edmund enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on April 10, 1940 and served as Chief Instructor at the U.S. Marine Corps Institute until the end of the war in 1945. He also served as part of the military guard for President Roosevelt at Warm Springs, Georgia in 1940 and 1941. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1945.
   A self-employed architect from 1945 to 1951, Edmund was employed as an architectural engineer in the civilian branch of the U.S. Corps of Engineers from 1951 to 1953. He was an instructor of Architectural Engineering Technology at Wentworth Institute starting in 1957 and appointed Head of the Architectural Department in 1970 before retiring in 1983.
   Edmund is a past member of the Society of American Registered Architects.
   Edmund's deceased sister, Aurelia Turiello Airola (also known as Ree Teri), was a fashion host. His sister, Virginia Turiello Cirace, was a former director of speech therapy in the Revere Public Schools before retiring.