Egidio “Al” Lepre, Class of 1952
December 12, 1936 – December 14, 2011
Egido “Al” Lepre ‘ 52 passed away at the age of 75 on December 14, 2011. Al was truly an inspiration to many of us. After he retired from a printing career, he dedicated his life to being a businessman and community advocate. Although the list of his contributions to the community is endless, highlights include serving as:
• President and Treasurer of “47″ Alumni
• Director of the American Deaf Exposition in New York City, Maryland, and New Jersey
• Chairperson of the New Jersey Deaf Exposition and Maryland Deaf Exposition
• Volunteer for the New York City Deaf Awareness with the Mayor’s office for People with Disabilities
• Chairperson for the United States of American Deaf National Basketball Tournament
• Vice president of the Eastern Athletic Association of the Deaf; he was inducted into its Hall of Fame in the basketball category
• President of the New York Athletic Association of the Deaf.
• Founder of Tsumbo (Japanese for “deaf”), the first judo club for the Deaf people
• Coach for the Staten Island Club for the Deaf’s girls volleyball team, women’s softball and Pelicans basketball team
• Founder of the first African-American basketball team by incorporating a charter for the Imperial Club in New York City
• Founder of the first Deaf Adult evening at the 14th Street “Y” and Boy Scouts Troop for the Deaf #344.
Al was the recipient of many awards for this exceptional leadership, including an Outstanding Leadership Award from Gallaudet University, an Appreciation for Leadership award from Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kaleidoscope, a City Hall Disability Awareness Distinguished Honor Award, and a “47” Alumni Humanitarian Award.
Al was the pillar of the Deaf community. We will always remember him in our hearts for his extraordinary energy, enthusiasm and concern for Deaf people.
In 2008, to show recognition of and appreciation for his extraordinary energy and enthusiasm, and concern for the welfare of Deaf people in the community, “47” Alumni Association of the Deaf presented him the 2008 Humanitarian Award.