FCSD Welcomes Robert Longo to Hall of Fame
Fallsburg CSD Welcomes Robert Longo to Hall of Fame
The Fallsburg Central School District (FCSD) Hall of Fame Committee approved the nomination of Robert Longo as its newest member on February 27, 2017. He retired in 1984 after thirty-five years as an outstanding Art Teacher. Now in his 96th year, he is far from “retired” in service to the Fallsburg community and beyond.
Mr. Longo has been honored with countless awards for his own artwork and contributions to founding and supporting Sullivan County artist societies and exhibitions. During more than sixty-five years active service to Fallsburg Lions Club and Lions Club International, he earned the highest achievement in Lionism—the Melvin Jones Award. His award winning commemorative pins have adorned the jackets of proud Lions throughout the world. Even today he is working on the pin for the International Convention in 2018. Woodridge Kiwanis honored him with their Everyday Hero Award and acknowledged him for his incredible mural of the O&W Railroad that is visible to all who pass through the Village.
He cherishes his time in the Army Air Corps as one of World War II’s Greatest Generation. Two years ago, he flew to Washington as part of the Honor Flight program. In the fall he went to Del Rio, Texas for a reunion of the few surviving airmen and their families.
In one of the many letters of nomination in support of induction into the Hall of Fame, a teaching colleague Terry Dungan said: “He has always been fully involved in the life around him using his Art to enrich that life. It is this notion of service, giving his time and his Art to serve his Community that has been a hallmark of Bob Longo’s life.”
In the classroom, Mr. Longo inspired young people to acquire a life-long love of art. Former student and teaching colleague Mrs. Eileen Kalter stated, “In Mr. Longo’s class, the emphasis was on art appreciation. And we do appreciate all he has done for our community and especially for Fallsburg Central School.”
The official induction into the Fallsburg Hall of Fame is on June 25, 2017 as part of the High School Graduation ceremonies. It will be an opportunity for the school to show its appreciation for a man who has embodied selfless service and is a living treasure to thousands of students and their families in Fallsburg.