Anthony F. Piazza, 2015 Felice Award Recipient
Anthony “Tony” F. Piazza is a lifelong champion and active supporter of the John Felice Rome Center. He is the former president of RSI Kitchen and Bath and was a member of the first full-year class at the Rome Center from fall 1962 to spring 1963 during his junior year at Santa Clara University. At the Rome Center that spring, he met his future wife, Susan Brazier Piazza (JFRC Spring ’63).
Piazza and his wife were married over 40 years when she was diagnosed with a terminal disease. Upon learning this, they wanted to do something significant to support the Rome Center—a place that held great affinity for both of them and brought them together. He and Susan endowed the Anthony and Susan Brazier Piazza Scholarship to provide support to students wanting to study at the JFRC.
When Susan passed away in 2011, Piazza began planning a substantial gift to the Rome Center in her memory and a tribute to their 45 years of marriage—the first million-dollar current commitment in the history of the Rome Center. This gift is supporting capital improvements on campus as part of the Rome Center campaign, including updating and renovating common spaces, academic spaces, offices, and student residences. Last year, in recognition of this gift, Loyola University Chicago named its Information Commons in Rome the Anthony and Susan Brazier Piazza Information Commons.
Piazza served on the JFRC Insieme Campaign Leadership Committee and is a member of the Rome Center Foundation Advisory Committee. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and his JD from Washington University.
Piazza, who lives in St. Louis, recently retired after running a family business he started in 1967—a kitchen and bath business where he worked his whole career. RSI Kitchen and Bath is now run by his daughter, Megan, though he remains involved in an advisory role. The company designs residential kitchens and bathrooms for builders, remodelers, and retail customers. Piazza ran the business for 45 years until 2012.