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Campaign Vet Receives Father’s CSUF Thesis

Sept. 27, 2012

Forty-two years after it was originally submitted, Henry F. De Sio Jr., finally got a look at his father’s 1970 master’s thesis.

His father, the late Henry F. De Sio Sr., was a history alumnus who earned a bachelor’s degree in 1966 and master's degree in 1970. So, while De Sio Jr. was on campus Sept. 26, history and political science professors presented him with a bound copy of his father’s thesis, “Italian Socialism: Reform or Revolution, 1919-1922.”

De Sio, chief operating officer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and, later, the president’s deputy assistant, visited campus to talk about his behind-the-scenes experience with presidential politics.

De Sio said his dad, who died in April, was the last son in an immigrant family from Italy who came through Ellis Island, settling in New Jersey and later, California. The owner of Way Forward Strategies, a leadership consulting practice based in Virginia, De Sio said he was thankful for the copy of the thesis and for the education his father received at Cal State Fullerton, which afforded opportunities for his family.

Alumnus Joseph Galasso, a cousin of De Sio Jr. who earned a bachelor’s degree in English and music in 1989 and a master’s degree in linguistics in 1992 from CSUF and now teaches at Cal State Northridge, said that when he was a student on campus, he used to check out the De Sio Sr. thesis from the library “for inspiration.”

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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