Rocco J. Marano, 84, of Chatham N.J. passed away at his home on May 16
Born in West Haverstraw, N.Y., Mr. Marano was a graduate of Fordham University’s Business and Law Schools. Mr. Marano began his Bell System career with New York Telephone Company in 1953. He rose to Assistant Comptroller before joining N.J. Bell in 1968 as Vice President & Comptroller. Between 1971 and 1980, Mr. Marano held a succession of increasingly responsible positions with New Jersey Bell, New York Telephone Company and AT&T. These included Comptroller, New York Telephone; Operating Vice President, New Jersey Bell; Executive Vice President, New York Telephone; and Vice President of Staff, AT&T. In 1980, he was named President of New Jersey Bell. In 1982, he was chosen to organize Bell Communications Research, Inc. (Bellcore), a company which provided cutting edge technical research and development for the country’s newly formed regional companies; Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, Bell South, NYNEX, pacific Telesis Group, Southwestern Bell Telephone and U S West. He was on the Board of Directors of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance, First Fidelity, Computer Horizons Corporation, Teamstaff, Inc. and Park Place Entertainment Corp.
His past affiliations include Trustee of Fordham University, Trustee of St. Peters College, President of Tri-County Scholarship Fund, New Jersey Industrial Chairman of U.S.Savings Bond Committee, Co-Chairman of the Governor’s Management Improvement Program and Chairman of the Council on New Jersey Affairs. He served on the New Jersey Commision on Science and Technology and was a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.
He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He served in the United States Navy from 1946 through 1948.
He had a lifelong interest in philosophy, literature, government and education, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Mr. Marano was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Ann Marano in 2005. Mr. Marano will be greatly missed by his children, Peter Marano, Susan Reibetanz, Thomas Marano and John Marano; his grandchildren Kate, Thomas, Julia, Joseph, Erin, Matthew, Christopher and Mia and a host of other loving relatives.