A Father’s Legacy

Trustee’s children honor their father with scholarship

By Carl Luty
The late Nick Mangione and his wife, Mary Cuba Mangione

When Nick Mangione passed away in November 2008, the nation lost a patriot who served in the Navy during World War II and survived some of the most brutal battles of the South Pacific. Maryland lost one of its most visionary entrepreneurs. Baltimore lost a native son—a man born in Little Italy, a graduate of St. James Business School and Baltimore City College high school, whose love for his hometown was evident in his support of many local organizations, including Associated Italian-American Charities, Associated Jewish Charities, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and the Walters Art Gallery.

Loyola University Maryland lost a trustee and true friend, a generous man who believed in the University’s mission, and wanted his children to embrace the ideals at the core of a Jesuit education.

When he died, the Mangione children could think of no more fitting tribute than creating a new $50,000 scholarship fund in honor of their father and mother, Mary Cuba Mangione, MSA ’52, that will provide need-based assistance for students of Italian descent.

Mangione began his career as a bookkeeper. He ended it as a real estate developer who created Turf Valley resort in Ellicott City, Md., founded a health care company, built assisted living facilities, and owned Baltimore’s WCBM radio station. “With each new child,” family members recalled him saying, “I needed a new project.”

That meant a lot of new projects—10 to be exact. “His life was rooted in faith and family,” said his daughter Linda Licata.

Nick’s faith goes a long way toward explaining why seven of his 10 children attended Loyola. Today, the beat goes on: Two of his grandchildren have attended Loyola, and, added Linda, “there are many more on the way. Two more hope to begin this year.”

At Mangione Family Enterprises, the 10 children and Mary—Nick’s devoted wife of 58 years and the matriarch who now stands at the helm—continue to build on his legacy.

“Mom was Dad’s confidante and advisor,” said his son, Sam Mangione. “She knows the business inside out.”

Over the years, Nick and Mary Mangione were enormously generous with their donations to Loyola. The Aquatic Center bears his name and his family’s names. “He appreciated what Loyola did for us,” said Sam. And, added Linda, “He really valued the friendships he developed with Fathers Sellinger, Ridley, and Linnane.”

Like their parents, the Mangione children believe in “giving back.” Like their parents, they believe in Loyola.

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