Anthony Joseph Soltysiak ’50

Anthony Joseph Soltysiak ’50 died on July 26, 2006, in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Born on April 22, 1921, in Providence, RI, he prepared for college at Central High School in Providence, graduating in 1939 after receiving national recognition in swimming for his school. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 as a private first class. After the war he entered Bowdoin and became a member of Chi Psi Fraternity. Following his graduation in 1949 as a member of the Class of 1950, he was for five years an instructor in the drafting department of the U.S.Army Map Service in Warwick, RI. He was also for some years the owner of a restaurant in Providence and in 1960 became a guidance counselor in the Cranston East High School, a position that he held for nearly thirty years. He was also a swimming official for more than fifty years, served as president of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Swimming Officials, and had been inducted into the Rhode Island Swimming Hall of Fame. He received a master of education degree from Providence College. He was married in 1951 to Rita Flynn, who died in 1978. He is survived by a son, Richard A. Soltysiak of Temecula, CA; two daughters, Jean M. Soltysiak and Carole A. Detroia; a twin sister, Helen Plociak; two other sisters, Edna Sotnik and Julia McFadden; a brother, Matthew Soltysiak; and five grandchildren.