Humanitarian Award (2003) – Rose Pizzo, Class of 1949

rosepizzoRose Pizzo, Class of 1949

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Rose Pizzo grew up in Queens, New York. She attended P.8.47 from 1938 to 1949, and then Mabel Dean Vocational High School. Later she received a High School Equivalency Diploma. She married a Deaf man, Vincent Pizzo. Vincent and Rose have three children and three grandchildren, all hearing.

Rose worked for many years as a Data Entry operator and is now retired, but is currently a Mary Kay cosmetic consultant. She has been an active member of the North Jersey Community Center for the Deaf (NJCCD) and its Women’s Auxiliary and has held a number of offices with each. She has been a Teacher’s Aide at the Fair Lawn Deaf Program for over twenty five years and has taught American Sign Language (ASL) to hearing adults at the Fair Lawn Community School. Recently she has been involved with a New Jersey committee to try to set up a nursing home for the deaf. As a result of the committee’s work, Saint Clare’s Hospital in Dover, NJ will be accepting New Jersey deaf patients. She currently serves on the Advisory Council to the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

In 2001, Rose published a132-pages paperback autobiography entitled Growing Up Deaf: Issues of Communication in a Hearing World.