Robert Santangelo, BA, MS

Title: Retired Substance Abuse Counselor
Location: Middletown, Connecticut, United States

Robert Santangelo, BA, MS, Retired Substance Abuse Counselor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in counseling and government leadership.

From the early age of 10, Mr. Santangelo knew he wanted to be a teacher. He loved exchanging ideas and inspiring people to learn, which motivated him to attend the University of Maryland when it came time to pursue formal education. In 1972, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, going on to earn a Master’s degree in traffic safety education from Southern Connecticut State University. Following his graduation, he began his career as a high school teacher. In the years that followed, he excelled as a fire commissioner and a police commissioner. In 1985, Mr. Santangelo became a substance abuse counselor after becoming a certified and licensed addictions counselor. In that role, he excelled for many years, going on to retire, consequently culminating his illustrious career.

Outside of his primary endeavors, Mr. Santangelo served as the councilman and deputy mayor of Middletown, Connecticut for more than 30 years. A member of the United States Military, he was active from 1967 until 1969, which earned him affiliation with the Veterans of the Vietnam War. He additionally maintains a relationship with the American Legion, the Saber American Veterans and the Chamber of Commerce. Moreover, Mr. Santangelo is a board member of the Cloth of Extensions.

Reflecting on his success, Mr. Santangelo remembers his experience as the first motorcycle safety coordinator in the state of Connecticut to be one of his greatest achievements. Further, he thoroughly enjoyed his time working on the economic development council, as his expertise proved to be crucial in certifying the city as a popular destination for tourists. Looking toward the future, Mr. Santangelo hopes to stay involved in his local historical society. His goal is to stay physically active and help with events in Middletown, Connecticut for as long as he can. In the case that the mayor requests his help, Mr. Santangelo intends to make himself readily available.

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