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Herman Corradetti, Ph.D.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

former Emmaus H.S. principal

Dr. Herman Corradetti (“Dr.C.”), 77, of Schnecksville, died, with faith, Dec. 13, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. He was the husband of Dolores “Dolly” L. (Hilbert) Corradetti with whom he celebrated 44 years of marriage. Born in Cologna Spiaggia (Roseto degli Abruzzi) Italy, he was the son of the late Gaetano and Teresa (Chiappini) Corradetti.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, for over 30 years, where he was a member of the choir.

He attended high school at the Collegio alla Querce in Florence, Italy. After completing his advanced degrees at the University of Rome, he emigrated to the United States in 1964 to pursue the “American Dream.” He taught Latin in the Buffalo area for a time before moving to the Lehigh Valley to work as a psychologist for the Lehigh County MH/MR, Bethlehem. He obtained additional graduate degrees and the proper certifications in counseling, pupil personnel services and secondary school administration from Niagara and Lehigh universities. He later became a counselor at Emmaus High School for a span of 20 years. During that time he co-founded and was a long-time president and president emeritus of the Lehigh/Carbon School Counselor Association. For 17 years he conducted college planning workshops sponsored by The Morning Call.

After serving for two years as an Emmaus High School assistant principal, he was appointed principal. He served proudly in this position for many years and made a commitment to attend every academic event, concert, musical production, sporting event (where he was often seen leading student cheers), and all other school and community events.

During a span of fifty-six months he oversaw the renovation and expansion of the high school with the help of a supportive and very competent administrative staff. Additionally, he worked hard and succeeded in re-establishing the Lehigh Valley Athletic League after it had dismantled. His love and charisma touched many throughout his years at Emmaus High School, where he was affectionately called “Dr. C” by his many students. Upon retiring from the East Penn School District, he went on to serve part time at Northampton Community College as an academic advisor for 10 years. He also taught graduate counseling courses for several years at Lehigh University. In 2007 he returned for a short period to serve once again as principal of his beloved high school and was the proud recipient of “The Friends of Education Award,” bestowed upon him by the East Penn Education Association.

He was active in community service and was elected and served on the Parkland School Board for 16 years, several times as vice president and president. He served on the Boards of Lehigh County Technical Institute and the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21. He was an active member of the Board of the Office of Children and Youth Services of Lehigh County and the Children’s Round Table. He served for a time as a co-chair of the Institutional Review Board at Lehigh University. He also spent many of his younger years coaching youth soccer. In his spare time he took great enjoyment in reading, listening to classical music, walking, biking, international travel and spending time with his beloved family.

He is survived by his wife; son, Michael N., M.D., Ph.D. and his wife, Anita, M.D., of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Nicola and his wife, Vanda Garbuglia; nephew, Luigi and his wife, Roberta Fantuzzi and their children, Gaetano and Italo, all from Italy; many cousins, both in Italy and the U.S.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society (Hope Lodge), c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 196, Schnecvksville, 18078-0196.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, 1879 Applewood Drive, Orefield. Family and friends may pay their respects 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville and 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 22 in the church.