NYIT Remembers Professor Ditingo

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Students knew him as Professor Ditingo, colleagues knew him as Vince, and friends knew him as Vinny. On January 26th, 2014, New York Institute of Technology lost an excellent professor, a great coworker and a friend to many due to kidney disease. Professor Vincent Ditingo was a Communication Arts professor who taught at both Manhattan and the Old Westbury campus. “Vince was easily one of the best people out there” said his coworker Professor Michael Banks who worked closely with him at the Manhattan Campus.

“Professor Ditingo was a very inspiring teacher, and very passionate about radio” said Paul Marino, who was one of Ditingo’s graduate assistants at the Old Westbury Campus. Ditingo was the creator of the Manhattan branch WNYT, which is a student run radio station.  Graduate assistant Carrie Young said, “Professor Ditingo worked for the students, everything he did had the students best interest. He would always try to help them in every way possible and even helped many find internships and set up interviews.”

Ditingo definitely lived his life to the fullest and had accomplished many things along the way. “Vince and I got along very well, we both enjoyed talking about the early days of F.M radio,” said colleague Herb Savran, the chief engineer at NYIT. Ditingo also authored the book “Remaking of Radio”; published December 19 1994, the book explains the characteristics of the “new age” radio. Ditingo as well as teaching about radio had much experience himself, he was the former radio senior editor for Broadcasting magazine.

“Professor Ditingo’s classes were tough but fair, and radio was something he was very passionate about he could bond with anyone over classic rock 60s music” said Marino. Ditingo loved Aerosmith and the Knicks. Alan Siek says, “My last memory with Professor Ditingo was me telling him how I got a job at Madison Square Garden and him smiling and congratulating me.” Ditingo’s happiest moments were when he saw his students rise to the top and many of the time it was due to his help. “His classes were always very informative, you always walked out of his class knowing you learned something new” said Young.  Ditingo was also involved with Sirius radio and helped many students get internships there as well, even some students were lucky enough to become part of the staff there. Besides radio, Ditingo had another hobby that he very much enjoyed for years, he was a big fan of model railroading. He enjoyed going to model train shows as well as collecting models himself.

Ditingo was one of a big family, he was a brother, an uncle, and had 8 great nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly. He had many friends as well, unlike most people who lose touch with friends after high school, Ditingo had about 100 people from his hometown in Queens attend his wake on Friday, January 31st. Students, colleagues, and friends attended Ditingo’s memorial held at the NYIT Manhattan Campus on February 4th. Many people shared stories about Ditingo and some of his Manhattan graduate assistants made speeches in his honor putting smiles on everyone’s’ faces. Even after the reception ended colleagues, friends, and students stayed sharing old memories about Ditingo.

I am very glad that I had the opportunity to work with Vince and he will be missed greatly by the students and staff,” said Banks. Ditingo’s death was hard for many people to deal with but not one person could think of him and not have a smile on their face or a good story to share. Ditingo never gave up on helping students reach their full potential, throughout struggles with his health he stayed dedicated to helping his students rise to the top.

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  1. Chris Higgins on July 20th, 2017 9:32 PM

    Vinny and I were classmates and friends at St. Pancras elementary school in Glendale. We lost touch after St. P, but I’ve been remembering “the good old days” and googling old friends, and sadly learned that Vinny is gone. It sounds like you had a good life – RIP, old friend.
    Chris Higgins, Arizona (SPS 1967)
    Higgins.cd@ gmail.com

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