Boat Naming Ceremony

On Sunday, we dedicated the new Four for the Boat Club, which Robert Calderisi (1968) has donated to the College in honour of his partner of 30 years (Jean Daniel Rossi) who died of ALS or Motor Neuron Disease in December 2008.  They were the first same-sex couple posted overseas by a UN agency in the early 1990s when Robert was head of the World Bank’s Regional Mission in Western Africa, based in Abidjan, Côté d’Ivoire.  In his remarks at the boat ceremony, Robert said that he saw the boat as an appropriate “counterpoint” to the debilitating disease that took Jean Daniel, allowing young men and women of the College to rise to their physical best for their own well-being and the honour of St. Peter’s.

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