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Armand A. Scala: The Death of a Saint
Armand A. Scala, President of the Congress of Romanian-Americans (“CORA”) and Vice President of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce (“RACC”), passed away this morning at the age of 70. Armand was Romania’s greatest friend in the United States and the undisputed prime leader of the Romanian-American community. He was an amiable, gentle, sweet-tempered, and noble man with a bounding sense of purpose and determination whose intelligence, wit and good common sense helped shape Romania’s good standing in the United States. As President of CORA, through 21 years, Armand was the personification of the Romanian-American community to four U.S. administrations. He was a constant champion of democracy in Romania and a leader in causing Romania’s accession to NATO. He was an outspoken believer in justice and a devoted advocate for restitution for the victims of Romanian Communism. As an RACC Vice President, Armand was a tireless supporter of increased U.S. investment in Romania and the driving force behind many of the organizations greatest achievements. His efforts were recognized by Romania when, in 2004, Armand was decorated by the President of Romania with one of that nation’s highest civilian awards. In 2010, the RACC bestowed upon Armand its Lifetime Achievement Award. The son of a priest in the Romanian Orthodox Church, Armand was to all who knew him, a saint. We all loved him very much and his loss is immeasurable. America’s great poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote: “When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.” The light that Armand Scala has left behind will guide us forever. Our sincerest and deepest condolences to his wife Tina, his son Armand, his sister and brother-in-law and to his entire family.
Mark A. Meyer, Chairman