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Bob Quarteroni ('75 Journ)

Reporter, editor, and columnist at the Centre Daily Times

Bob Quarteroni died on April 15, 2019, after a four-month battle with ALS. He was 71.

Quarteroni worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at the Centre Daily Times in State College. Starting in 1985, he worked in communications and public relations roles for several colleges. He complemented that work with freelance work for several decades as a writer and editor for The Washington Post, The New York Times and other outlets.

This spring, through his bi-weekly column for PennLive.com -- something he had done for four years -- Quarteroni announced his illness and told the world he had just weeks to live. That was March 5, 2019. The column began this way: "I am dying. I have ALS: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Lou Gehrig's disease. Lucky me. One of the select 16,000 Americans to get bitten by this evil bastard every year." Quarteroni wrote one more column for PennLive. That was published March 22, 2019, and title "My body is collapsing around me."