Duquesne Dean Was Class Act to Students, Family

By Vondas, Jerry | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 13, 2009 | Go to article overview

Duquesne Dean Was Class Act to Students, Family


Vondas, Jerry, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Albert Labriola was considered an elite educator and internationally recognized scholar who made a positive impact on students during 39 years at Duquesne University.

University President Charles Dougherty called Mr. Labriola an outstanding English teacher and an authority on 17th-century literature.

"We are indebted to him for his leadership in the college and his dedication to our students," Dougherty said.

Albert C. Labriola of Pleasant Hills, acting liberal arts dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, died suddenly on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. He was 69.

Mr. Labriola was dedicated to his university and his country, serving as an Army captain during the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

Mr. Labriola's lifelong passion for Milton, Shakespeare and the 17th-century English metaphysical poets began while he was working on his dissertation for his doctorate.

Despite his numerous commitments to the university and his devotion to his students and to the academic world, Albert Labriola also was regarded as a class act, who used his academic prowess to reflect well on his family, his profession and Duquesne.

"My father was a down-to-earth teacher who never sought notoriety for himself," said his son, attorney Michael Labriola of Fox Chapel. "It was always his wish to serve others."

Born and raised in East Liberty, Albert Labriola was an only child in the family of Albert P. …

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