Youngstown State University named its performing arts series after the late Donald P. Pipino, a successful business owner, accomplished musician and devoted patron of the arts who regularly attended YSU music and theatrical performances.
Pipino, along with his brother and best friend, James ''Doc'' Pipino, were lifelong business partners specializing in providing insurance and risk management services in the area. Doc Pipino is a member of the board of directors with Niles Community Services.
In 1952, Donald Pipino purchased the Vagnozzi Insurance Agency and was a founder and charter president of the Mahoning Valley Chapter of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters. The company later provided insurance and risk management services to two of the emerging leaders in the shopping center industry, the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. and the Cafaro Co.
Special to The Niles Times
Christine Muransky, daughter of the late Donald P. Pipino, speaks after last week’s announcement that the performing arts series at Youngstown State University would be named for her father.
The naming was announced at a news conference held in concert with the celebration of the 145th anniversary of the Dana School of Music at YSU.
"We not only have the opportunity to recognize the long, proud history of one of the nation's finest music schools, but we also celebrate a man whose life was dedicated to his family, his business and to the betterment of the Valley," said YSU President Randy J. Dunn.
Dunn also announced that Pipino's daughter, Christine Muransky, and her husband, Edward, have made a $100,000 donation to the YSU College of Creative Arts and Communication. The gift will be used to support the performing arts series in perpetuity.
"This series is such a perfect tribute to my beloved dad's memory because music gave him such great pleasure," Muransky said. "He especially loved live performances, and I have very fond memories of attending programs at Dana with him. Ed and I are so gratified to contribute to a jewel in our community and honor a man we loved dearly."
Pipino died Aug. 26, 2011, at the age of 83. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1949. After serving in the Army Signal Corps in Augusta, Ga., he moved to Youngstown.
The Performing Arts Series includes hundreds of concerts and productions annually by students and faculty in the Dana School of Music, University Theater and Dance Ensemble at YSU, as well as other special performances and the annual Summer Festival of the Arts.