Homecoming is a time where alumni return to their alma mater for a weekend filled with cookouts, open houses, sporting events and nostalgia. Allegheny College’s Blue and Gold Homecoming Weekend featured a celebration outside of Arter Hall, to honor Professor Anthony Lo Bello and recognize his 40-year anniversary of working at the college.
Lo Bello obtained his doctorate from Yale University in 1975 and began work at Allegheny two years later. Aside from teaching various math courses throughout his career, Lo Bello also serves as the adviser for Allegheny’s chapter of Delta Tau Delta.
Lo Bello has published numerous literary works, relating to the origins of mathematics and probability. He also speaks nine languages and is passionate about studies outside of the math field.
“I’ve always liked history, and there is good literature in history like Edward Gibbon and David Hume,” Lo Bello said.
Every Allegheny math major or minor who had Lo Bello was invited to breakfast on the sunny, fall morning to celebrate the professor and his career along with current faculty in the math department.
“Lo Bello makes a very strong impression on students … and often forms long lasting relationships with them,” said Tamara Lakins, chair of the mathematics department..
Lakins has worked with Lo Bello for 22 years at Allegheny and has seen his contributions to many mathematics majors and minors.
President of Conair Corporation Barry Stransky, ’83, attended the event. He contributed by donating a time capsule to honor Lo Bello and his teaching abilities. Stransky studied mathematics and economics while attending Allegheny.
“The great professor over here guided me correctly … and I appreciate it very much,” Stransky said.
Lakins said current math majors, minors and Allegheny alumni who had Lo Bello as a professor were asked to write a letter for the time capsule, which will be opened at the college’s 300th anniversary in 2115.
Lo Bello said he does not plan on retiring from teaching anytime soon.