Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Donald T. Maiocco
Posted on May 31, 2019
During the Mass for the Feast of the Ascension, the Saint David's community remembered the legacy of its Fourth Headmaster, who passed away in March. Dr. O'Halloran spoke of his predecessor's deep love of the school, his celebration of the aesthetic, and his commitment to its faith tradition. Several faculty offered their tributes to Dr. Maiocco during the Prayer of the Faithful, and staff member Will Best sang I Need You to Survive, as a musical tribute.
Dr. Maiocco served as Headmaster from 1992-2004 and his tenure was marked by a continuing vigorous expansion of the school’s physical plant and by a purposeful reshaping of its faculty, curriculum, and traditions. He was committed to the teaching of morals and values in the Catholic tradition. Employing the theme Illustrious Past, Bright Future, Dr. Maiocco gradually infused the curriculum with his beliefs, bringing change while building on the school’s venerable past. He expanded the use of technology in the school, established an Alma Mater to connect generations of Saint David’s boys, and addressed the school’s physical needs in his First and Second Horizons, and in the Golden Jubilee Expansion.
Dr. Maiocco’s passion for the arts, respect for the classical ideals of balance and beauty, and his love for the boys not only defined his tenure but also his professional life as an educator. Saint David’s respect for the value of the aesthetic was celebrated by Dr. Maiocco. Its manifestation is seen in the Nightingale-Bamford Lectures, the Aρχω Project, and in the capstone of the Saint David’s experience, the Eighth Grade Italian Study Tour, all of which originated with Dr. Maiocco.
A man of letters, Dr. Maiocco’s intellectual passion was equaled only by his insistence on good manners and personal integrity, the dimple in the tie, and the buttoned blazer.
He is deeply missed by a grateful community.