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Prof. S. Servetto Passed away.



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Words cannot express our sadness at the tragic death of our student committee chair, Prof. Sergio Servetto on July 24th, 2007. Sergio was flying his newly purchased plane from Michigan to Ithaca when the accident occurred. He is survived by his wife Viviana and sons Alejandro and Luciano.

As student volunteers we had the pleasure of interacting frequently with Sergio. It just seems like yesterday when we exchanged innumerable emails enthusiastically planning the events at ISIT. His enthusiasm and insistence in ensuring student participation in all student related events was inspiring and infectious as evidenced by the immense success of the panel discussion and round table event at the recent ISIT in Nice.  It is hard to forget the twinkle in his eyes when he recently discussed with us his plans for a winter school event for students. 

One of our student volunteers, Matthieu Bloch (, has suggested the wonderful idea of holding an event in the memory of Sergio at the Allerton conference. Please do not hesitate to write and share your thoughts and make suggestions for a student event at Allerton in Sergio's memory.

A trust fund has been set up for Sergio's wife Viviana and young sons Alejandro and Luciano. Any contribution would be most welcome, especially since the insurance money will not come through for a while. Here is the information:

Name of Fund: The Servetto Family Fund
Through: CFCU Community Credit Union
Contributions: at any CFCU branch or mail to the main office.
CFCU Community Credit Union, 1030 Craft Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Checks payable to: Servetto Family Fund

A condolence book has been set up online for Sergio at
Please do note hesitate to write your entry even if it is just your name and location. We would like Sergio's sons to know what a remarkable father they had.

A news article with profound statements by Prof. Terrence Fine is available at


There is also information at the following site:

He will be very much missed and always remembered with his immense energy, creativity, passion and daring in his work, as well as his warmth, deep friendship, and immeasurable love for his wife, Viviana, and his sons, Alejandro and Luciano. Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Student Committee Volunteers:

  • Amin Mobasher

  • Ivana Maric

  • Lalitha Sankar

  • Brooke Shrader