Support the John A. and Joyce S. DeCesare Renaissance Fund
The John and Joyce DeCesare Renaissance Fund was established by Joyce DeCesare to honor her late husband, John. The DeCesares were founding members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Connecticut and have been longtime community leaders. Joyce is a retired educator who has maintained a private counseling practice for 15 years. She has touched thousands of lives in Greater Waterbury. John was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, an engineer, high school and college instructor (Wolcott High School and Naugatuck Valley Community College), and a public servant (Chair of the Waterbury Inlands and Wetlands Commission). He held numerous degrees including a MBA. John's love for learning, zest for life and belief in every individual's capacity for achievement fueled his passion for OLLI at UCONN. John DeCesare identified with Bernard Osher Foundation's commitment to establishing lifelong learning programs with an established university setting. He loved the University of Connecticut and believed OLLI would have statewide impact. John served on OLLI'S inaugural Advisory Council and chaired it's Public Relations Committee. He personally recruited the majority of OLLI'S first instructors. John's passion for learning throughout his life modeled OLLI's philosophy of lifelong learning. He was a noted advocate of environmental conservation, an aficionado of art and jazz, a sports car enthusiast, an accomplished fly fisherman and athlete. John was a true Renaissance man and, as such, the name of the fund is truly fitting. Donations to the fund provide general operating support to the program John so loved and for which he worked so diligently.