The beginnings of a family legacy tradition at Farragut
Bill Masciangelo ’62N shared this story about growing up as one of the first legacy families of Farragut.
My dad was William Masciangelo Class of ‘37N and was fondly known as “Masci” by friends and alumni. He gave his life to Admiral Farragut Academy and served as its Public Relations Officer for almost 50 years.
He had his hands in everything from the Alumni Association, Development, Yearbook, and the Parents Association. While he was still alive the school dedicated the alumni house in his name, which was a beautiful tribute. My parents entertained many alumni at our home through the years including at halftime during football games. There was hardly a week Dad did not bring home an alumnus for dinner.
I grew up across the street from the North campus. The parades, games, concerts, dances and the waterfront were all a part of my life. It was a fun life for a little kid from Pine Beach, NJ. Being able to know the early leaders of Farragut made a huge impact on my life. I knew Mr. Russell, Captain Dodge, Captain Reinhart, and more. I knew Lt Norris in the rifle range and even got to know Mr. Banks from the South campus who would come up for the summer camp program. I attended summer camp from the age of seven and eventually became a swim and waterfront instructor in the summer. Those were wonderful summers.
Homecomings were priceless in so many ways. Dad went to Farragut on a music scholarship. I also joined the Band Company and it was a very exciting day when Dad and I marched onto the field together and watched the cadets pass by in review. Great memories. I came back while on active duty as a Marine Officer for the parade and drill competition, and fifty years later I took trombone lessons for a year so I could relive those AFA memories and return for homecoming and play with the band.
When did the legacy at Farragut begin? I myself attended the South campus in 1960 and then the North campus until I graduated in 1962. I believe it was with me in 1962. It now gives me great joy to see so many sons and daughters of alumni continuing the legacy of attending the finest Naval preparatory school in the country. I know my dad would be truly proud to see the legacy live on. I wish all students, alumni, and Farragut continued success.
Bill Masciangelo ‘62N is a retired Lt Col USMC Vietnam Vet, a retired Hotel Executive from Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and a retired United Methodist Pastor. He credits Farragut for preparing him for all of those opportunities.