Wagner College alumnus and former trustee Dr. Warren R. Procci ’68 H’17, a renowned psychiatrist who chaired the Wagner board from 2012 to 2020, died Friday, September 1, at his home in Pasadena, California. He was 76 years old.
“Warren's board leadership saw the college through a period of great change and growth,” said Wagner College President Angelo Araimo. “His steady counsel and leadership was invaluable, and he will be sorely missed by the community."
Just prior to his passing, Dr. Procci and his wife Linda, made a generous pledge to the college, an announcement about which is forthcoming.
Procci, the son of native Staten Islander and local physician Waddie Procci ’36, was also a former president of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
After graduating summa cum laude with a chemistry degree, Procci earned his medical doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where he completed his residency in psychiatry. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A lifelong supporter of the college, Warren began his quarter-century of service to the Board of Trustees in 1999. He also served as an executive committee member of the Putting Wagner First campaign from 2006 to 2011.
Procci was honored in 2016 by the Wagner College DaVinci Society with its Lifetime Achievement Award. When Wagner College awarded Warren an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2017, he lauded his Wagner education.
“The single most valuable educational experience I have had is my liberal arts education,” Procci said during commencement that May day. “Facts will fade, but it’s the way in which the world works and what we learn about that in a liberal arts education, and the way the people in the world work — this is practical.”
Procci is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Linda. He is also survived by his brother, Chris Procci of Pinehurst, North Carolina, as well as his Staten Island cousins, Virginia Buonviaggio, Damian D’Albero and David D’Albero.