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Sociology professor Robert Vasoli dies

Author: Arts and Letters

Robert H. Vasoli, associate professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, died Monday (May 1).

Born July 24, 1925, in Philadelphia, he attended schools there before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was graduated from LaSalle College in 1952 and arrived at Notre Dame the same year as a graduate student. He earned masters and doctoral degrees from Notre Dame in 1953 and 1964, respectively, and was a member of the University’s sociology faculty from 1957 until his retirement in 1990. A scholarly specialist in criminology, he also taught courses at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Indiana University Northwest, and Valparaiso University.

Vasoli is survived by two daughters, Maria Christina and Theresa Anne, both of Portland, Ore.; two sons, Anthony Robert of Chicago and Vincent Matthew (Maile) of Rochester, Minn.; a grandson, Rocco Antonio Matsui of Rochester, Minn.; one sister, Joyce M. (William) Wallis of Doylestown, Pa., and two brothers, Edward J. (Paulette) of Lower Gwynedd, Pa., and Raymond T. of Norristown, Pa.

A member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, of IBEW Local Union No. 98and of the Golden Boys Golf Club of South Bend, he also was the author of “What God Has Joined Together,” a leading reference book on marriage annulments in the Catholic Church in America.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday (May 5) in Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart, followed by burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on May 04, 2006.