Vincent A. Cristiani, Ed.D., age 88

of Quincy

Vincent A. Cristiani, Ed.D., age 88

Vincent A. Cristiani, Ed.D., age 88, of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Cristiani was born in Boston, to the late Michael and Angelina (Catino) Cristiani. Raised and educated in Boston, he was a graduate of Boston Technical High School, Class of 1949, and Boston Teachers College, Class of 1953. He procured his Doctorate at Boston University in 1960. He had lived in Quincy for over sixty years.

Dr. Cristiani served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

Dr. Cristiani began his distinguished career in education as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. He served as a visiting Professor at the University of New Hampshire, as the Director of the Registrar’s Office for Graduate and Undergraduate students at Boston University’s School of Education, as Professor of Psychology and Educational Psychology at Boston State College, and as Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston (UMB) where he founded the School Psychology Program in 1982.

Under Dr. Cristiani’s leadership, the UMB School Psychology Program was one of the first in the nation to attain approval by the National Association of School Psychologists. At UMB, he served as the Graduate Program Director of the School Psychology Program, Associate Director/Dean of the Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) and College of Education, and as the ILT Administrative Coordinator of the Undergraduate and Graduate ILT Programs of Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Counselor Training, Special Education, Educational Administration, School Psychology, and Instructional Design.

Dr. Cristiani was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts School Psychology Association. In 1996, Dr. Cristiani was bestowed the honor of Professor Emeritus. Throughout Dr. Cristiani’s career, he always worked directly with students and the community.

His devotion to the Secular Franciscan Order (Prefect), the St. John of God Hospital Fraternity, Franciscan Children’s and Rehabilitation Hospital (Kennedy Memorial Hospital), the Knights of Columbus where he served as Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, and was a member of the Fourth Degree, the Quincy Interfaith and Sheltering Coalition, the Dante Alighieri Society, and the Disabled American Veterans, underscored Dr. Cristiani’s faith and life of service.

Dr. Cristiani’s legacy lives on through his wife, children, grandchildren, and his many students.

Beloved husband for fifty-seven years of Jean T. (DiStasio) Cristiani.

Devoted father of Angela Cristiani, Dr. Vincent A. Cristiani, Jr., and John Cristiani, Quincy Fire Department and his wife Tracy, all of Quincy.

Loving grandfather of Vincent III, Sophia, Lana, Amanda, and Johnny.

The last of his siblings, Dr. Cristiani was predeceased by Joseph A. Cristiani, Sr. and his late wife Marjory, Nicholas M. Cristiani, Sr. and his late wife Loretta, Frank M. Cristiani and his late wife Virginia, and Sarah Cristiani. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy for family. Entombment, with military honors, will take place privately at Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale.

For those who wish, donations in Dr. Cristiani’s memory may be made to the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, P.O. Box 690789, Quincy, MA 02269.

The Cristiani family is forever grateful to Dr. William T. Lester at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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  • Dear Aunt Jean and family,

    We are sorry we can’t be there with you physically but know we are with you in our thoughts and prayers. There are not enough words to describe what a wonderful man Uncle Vin was. Sending all our love.

    ~ Kristen and Zachary

  • Dear Jean and Family,
    I am so sorry for the passing of Vincent. He was my college professor at Boston State and I enjoyed taking his class. Remembering fond memories as well as your parents during our growing up. Prayers at this time to you and your family.

  • John and family,
    My sincerest condolences. You and yours will be in my family’s thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God bless.

    Respectfully,
    Brian McClelland & Family

  • Dear Jean and Angela,
    Dr. Cristiani was such a beautiful human being. I remember how supported I felt when my mother passed away during my last year of studies at the UMASBoston School Psychology Program. I was so touched when I looked at the newspaper that week and saw that he had included my mother’s name in the church Mass for that week. This is just one example of the kindness and caring that he demonstrated to all.

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
    Nury

  • Dear Angela and family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of your beloved father.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    May his soul rest in peace.

    Hani Murad

  • It has been a long, long time, but I have fond memories of Vinny since our time at B.U. and when you and Mary Jane worked together at SPC. Mary Jane and I send our condolences.

  • Jean , Angela and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Cristiani’s passing.. Thinking of all of you at this difficulty time and keeping you in my prayers.

  • Dr. Cristiani will forever hold a special place in my heart. He was a wonderful mentor to me at UMASS Boston, and he greatly influenced me personally and professionally. I am glad I was able to tell him in person, the last time we met, how important he was to my life. Please accept my sincere condolences on your tremendous loss. Donna Cunningham

  • Jean, I am very sorry to read of Vin’s loss. It had been many years since we co-taught at the old Boston State. He was always a great colleague and friend. I regret that we had not kept in touch in the years since, but I have many fond memories of working with him and spending time with him in those years.
    Ken Wolkon

  • Dr. Cristiani was my Professor at UMA years back. I truly loved his lectures, his passion for teaching Psychology, his humor….He was one of the reasons I chose my career path. Thank you Dr. Cristiani. May you rest in internal peace. Prayers to your beautiful family

  • Angela, we are very sorry to hear to learn that your dad passed away. We had some nice chats with your dad, during the Boston Ballet days years ago. He was such a nice man. Our heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and sincere sympathies go out to you and all of your family, Nancy