Whereas recording his life tales for his household earlier this yr, 99-year-old Lou Pioli stated there was one factor lacking: A university diploma. In 1942, Pioli was learning to be a dentist at Niagara College in upstate New York when he was drafted into the Military. He requested the draft board chairman to let him end the semester.   

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“Straight away he stated, ‘What would you like two years so you’ll be able to dodge the draft?’ Oh boy, I received very aggravated with him saying that. It is the primary time I misplaced my cool,” Pioli stated.

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He served as a trooper in France and flew in navy gliders. After the battle, he ended up within the insurance coverage enterprise. However daughter Lou Ann received to pondering a lifetime of service deserved another honor, an honorary diploma.

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She wrote to Niagara College, saying he was pleased with his time there, nonetheless had his “purple freshman tie and beanie” and “personifies the values and exemplifies the mission” of the college. A request like that’s exhausting to refuse. So on Monday, at a particular ceremony in Vermont, Pioli received to carry his personal diploma, an affiliate diploma, hand delivered by Niagara College’s provost.  

“I am simply so pleased that he was capable of expertise this,” Lou Ann Pioli stated.

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