St. John Fisher College's 8th Justinian Medal Presented to Richard A. Calabrese '57
At an early evening reception on November 17, St. John Fisher College awarded its eighth annual Justinian Medal to Richard A. Calabrese '57. In addition, the College issued a special citation and posthumous recognition of Norman A. Palmiere, Sr., Esq. '57, who was a college classmate and close personal friend of Calabrese.
The Justinian Medal is given by the College and the Justinian Order, which is comprised of 420 judges and attorneys, all graduates of Fisher, to an individual in recognition of his or her outstanding service and civic leadership in numerous professional, business, and charitable endeavors in the community and at the College.
Richard Calabrese joins past Justinian Medal recipients U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer '66; Monroe County Supreme Court Justice Francis A. Affronti '63; Thomas N. Trevett '64, Partner in the law firm of Trevett, Lenweaver & Salzer, PC; the Honorable Edmund A. Calvaruso '66, Monroe County Surrogate's Court Judge; R. Wayne LeChase, Chairman, LeChase Construction Services, LLC; the Honorable Joseph D. McGuire '66, Supreme Court Justice in the Fifth District; and Frank B. Iacovangelo, Esq. '62.
Calabrese graduated from Aquinas Institute in 1952, and received his bachelor's degree in economics from St. John Fisher College in 1957. He went on to graduate from Syracuse University Law School in 1960. With Herbert Stern and Richard Elliott, Calabrese co-founded the law firm Elliott Stern Calabrese LLP in 1961. His interests in real estate and banking ultimately led him to focus his practice in general business law.
From 1979 to 1990, Calabrese served as Chairman of the Board of First National Bank of Rochester. During that time, the bank grew from approximately 30 employees to more than 300, and deposits increased from $15 million to more than $500 million.
Calabrese is a member of the New York State and Monroe County Bar Associations. He is involved in various community organizations, including Casa Italiana and The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y.
The special citation given in recognition of Norman Palmiere marked the first time that the Justinian Order has honored one of its members posthumously. Born and raised in Rochester, Palmiere attended Mt. Carmel Grammar School, the Aquinas Institute, and East High School, from which he graduated in 1952. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College in 1957, and like Calabrese, attended Syracuse University Law School. After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, Palmiere entered private practice with his cousin, Ron Passero, and simultaneously clerked part-time for then County Court Judge John Lomenzo.
In 1965, Palmiere joined the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, where he remained until 1969. At that time, he rejoined Ron Passero in private practice, along with Charles Crimi, and the three of them founded the law firm of Palmero, Passero, and Crimi. In the 1980s, Palmiere and Dominic Pellegrino established the firm of Palmiere & Pellegrino.
The Justinian Order of St. John Fisher College, formed in the spring of 2002, is an academic and legal society intended to create collegiality among Fisher graduates professionally involved in the law. The members have the opportunity to gather socially, bond professionally, and pass on the legacy of Fisher's legal scholarship to younger Fisher alumni and students.
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