Albert Traversa

Albert Traversa died on January 11, 2019 at Oak Hammock in Gainesville, Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 5, 1928 and was the second of five children born to Joseph Traversa and Maria Cristofaro Traversa.
Albert graduated from Lindenhurst High School on Long Island, New York and received his BA and MS degrees from Hofstra University. He was a member of the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1954, served in the Medical Service Corps, attained the rank of captain, and remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1966.
Following his active duty in the Air Force, Albert completed courses at Columbia University to become certified as a teacher of all sciences in New York State. He also became certified as school administrator and supervisor and was initiated into Columbia University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1961.
Albert taught science in Greenlawn, New York for one year. In 1956, he took a position in Syosset, New York where he was on the faculty as science teacher and department chairperson for 30 years.
Albert and his wife Mary Hausler, a fellow Syosset faculty member, continued to live in South Huntington, New York until Mary’s retirement in 1992. From 1993 to 2005, Mary and Al enjoyed their condo homes in Southbury, Connecticut and Boca Raton, Florida. In 2005, they discovered and decided upon a new year-round home, Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, which provided an interesting and comfortable life for both.
Albert was at home in the kitchen and enjoyed preparing favorite Italian recipes. According to “Chef” Albert, no dinner was properly served without wine and no vegetable was more delicious than broccoli rabe. Albert had a sense of humor and was happy to be among friends and family with a martini in hand. He liked to read mysteries. He loved his airedale terriers and they loved him. Travel brought Albert great pleasure, especially culinary exploration. Albert and Mary enjoyed visits to Italy and Germany, the homelands of their immigrant parents. However, China and Alaska were among Albert’s favorite destinations.
Albert’s first marriage to Catherine DiPeri ended in divorce. They had three children. Older son Joseph is deceased. Daughter Maria and son Leo live in New York City. In addition to his wife Mary, Albert is survived by his sister Sylvia Cecire, brother-in-law Bernard Cecire, brother Dan Traversa and grandson John Pizzarelli.
The family of Albert Traversa extends appreciation to the Oak Hammock Health Pavilion and Security staff members who provided kindness and sensitivity as well as professionalism during a difficult time. Funeral Services will be held privately at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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