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RIT President Albert J. Simone's stickball stick and ball

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0682

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of two objects - a stick and ball of the type commonly used for the game of stickball. RIT President Albert J. Simone was known for his love of stickball, and these objects were his and may have been used in actual games. The wooden stick resembles a broom handle and is painted bright orange. One end is wrapped with white tape to improve grip. The ball may be a raquet ball, and it is signed with many names. This may have been given to Dr. Simone as a gift, or to commemorate some occasion.

The ball shows some signs of cracking, drying, and deterioration. Not all signatures are legible.


  • Creation: circa 1992-2007

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Albert Joseph Simone (1935- ) was born on December 16, 1935 in Boston, MA to Edward and Mary (née DiGiovanni) Simone. After graduating from Tufts University in 1957 with his B.A. in economics, Simone earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. He taught at several Boston area colleges including Tufts University, Boston College, and Northeastern University. From 1968-1972 Simone served as the head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis in the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati and we promoted to Dean in 1972. He continued to work in this position until he was named the Vice President of Academic Affairs position at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. Then, in 1985 he was chosen to serve as president of the University of Hawaii system. Simone became the eighth president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1992.

During his time at RIT, Simone not only served the university community, but was involved the Rochester area as well. For instance, he served as chair of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce. To show his dedicated to the university, Simone learned how to sign his inaugural address using American Sign Language through private tutoring. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the country's largest technical college for the deaf and hard of hearing, is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Simone was also the first American university president to officially visit North Korea and Vietnam during his tenure. He retired from RIT in 2007 and was succeeded by William W. Destler.


2 Item(s) (Stick and ball)




A stick and ball belonging to RIT's 8th president, Albert J. Simone. This material was previously in the president's office upon the retirement of RIT's 9th president, William Destler.


There are two items in this collection.

Physical Location

C.S. South, East Wall, Shelf 78

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the RIT Archive Collections by the office of RIT president William Destler upon his retirement.

Accession number(s): 2017:037

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Ella von Holtum in August 2017.

RIT President Albert J. Simone's stickball stick and ball
RIT Archives
Ella von Holtum
10 August 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA