Ricciardelli, James

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NAME: James Ricciardelli



James P. "Jamie" Ricciardelli, production manager at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, died Sunday from complications of AIDS. He was 39 and lived in Center City.

Ricciardelli joined the staff of the Annenberg Center in 1974 as a production assistant and over the years held positions of building administrator and scheduling coordinator before being named production manager. In these positions he worked with the universityPublished on 1989-12-19, Page 26, Philadelphia Daily News (PA)


James P. (Jamie) Ricciardelli, 39, production manager at the Annenberg Center, died December 17, 1989. An alumnus of St. Joseph's College with a masters in theater from Villanova, Mr. Ricciardelli joined the Annenberg Center staff in 1974 as a production assistant, ad served as building administrator and scheduling coordinator while rising to head the production department. He also gave theater workshops and directed productions for Penn Players.

He is survived by his mother, Mary; two sisters, Josephine Trimmer and Carol Glennon; a brother, Richard, and by his companion of 19 years, Kevin Harty, who contributed the following for publication, in fulfillment of Mr. Ricciardelli's request before he died:

"Diagnosed with AIDS in February, 1987, Jamie Ricciardelli continued to work and to travel extensively both here and abroad. He was also a founding member of We The People, the Philadelphia AIDS/ARC Coalition. He continued to work as an active board member of We The People until the onset of his final illness in September. He firmly believed that it was important for people with AIDS to get on with their lives as soon after their diagnosis as possible.

"His last words were, 'I don't bitch much. I don't complain." Mr. Karty added. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Philadelphia Zoo.

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Date of Birth: 11/28/1950

Date of Death (delete if non-applicable): 12/17/1989

Age at Death (delete if non-applicable): 39


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