The young D’Alessandro was a bright student with a natural ability in school. And he loved to read. He skipped two grades and at age 14, enrolled at Loyola College, studying math and physics. “It was a memorable time, even though it was difficult at home,” D’Alessandro says. He dropped out of school for a year at age 17, until one of his professors, Fr. Aloysius McPhee, contacted him.
“Father McPhee made an impression on me that he cared, and so I took his advice to return to my studies. Who knows what I’d be doing now if it weren’t for him.” D’Alessandro is grateful to his alma mater for setting the course for his success. His degree opened doors. It was also during his Loyola years that he met his wife of 51 years, Pearl.
Through his giving to Concordia, he created the Dominic D’Alessandro Fellowship Fund to support master’s and doctoral students in research-oriented programs.
“I want to make it easier for deserving students who have an appetite to learn. I believe in education — it makes better citizens and better human beings of us all by helping us to understand the world around us. Frankly, I think education is the best investment,” says D’Alessandro.
“It’s wonderful to see the presence and the impact Concordia is having on the city. I think universities are tremendous assets for society and for a community.”
D’Alessandro’s commitment to Concordia extends beyond his philanthropy. He has served on the university’s Board of Governors and now volunteers as honorary vice-chair for the Campaign for Concordia. Next-Gen. Now.
“As a proud Concordia graduate and long-time volunteer, Dominic D’Alessandro embodies the Jesuit and Loyola College ethos to be a ‘man for others,’ ” says Concordia President Alan Shepard. “Dominic was an astute businessman who worked hard to succeed. He is generously giving of his time and resources to support our next generation of students.”