Michael Tesi from Madison New Jersey passed away on September 30, 2020 with his two brothers by his side. Michael, who was 77 at the time of his death, served in the United States Army and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. He graduated from Nutley High School in 1962 and the Marketing Art and Design Program at Middlesex community College in 1972. This served as a springboard for his eventual career in commercial and fine arts photography. He did advertising and portrait photography with his images appearing in local, national consumer and trade publications, including: Town & Country, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Gourmet, Stereo Review, and the New York Times Magazine. Michael’s photographs were also featured in numerous exhibitions in art galleries throughout New Jersey.
Michael, a founding member of the American society of Media Photographers, served on the executive board of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey and provided input for the Marketing Art and Design Program at Middlesex Community College.
Michael and his partner Marie Mirtich of sixteen years, traveled extensively to places far and wide. Michael also had a close relationship with his cousins and a very special bond with his brothers Roger and Joseph. In addition to Marie and his brothers, Michael leaves behind two nephews, Mark Tesi and Michael Tesi, his niece, Monica Tesi, and sisters-in-law Joanne Tesi and Erika Tesi.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Michael Tesi can be made out to either of the following organizations:
Rutgers University Foundation in support of Dr. Hsu’s Scleroderma Research Fund at:
Rutgers University Foundation
PO Box 193
New Brunswick, NJ. 08903-0193 RWJMS
CSLM (Center for Spiritual Living Morristown)
331 Mount Kemble Ave
Morristown, NJ 08901