Connie S. Maniatty '43CC, a former football player, three-year letterwinner in baseball and Columbia Alumni Medal and John Jay Award recipient, passed away early in the day, January 8, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and his three children, Margaret, Anne and Philip.
"The Columbia Athletics family has lost one of its true pioneers," said M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. "His contributions to Columbia Athletics are immeasurable, and thousands of student-athletes benefited from his leadership. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and he will be truly missed."
Few people have devoted as much time to Columbia as Connie S. Maniatty. Heavily involved with athletics until recently, as the chair of both the Football Alumni Advisory Committee (for 35 years) and the President's Advisory Committee on Athletics, he also served as a trustee of the University and as a member of several University committees.
Maniatty was honored in 1974 with the Varsity C Club Alumni Athletic Award. In 1994, the Connie S. Maniatty Award was established to recognize the leading male and female athletes among the senior student-athlete class. Presented at the Annual Varsity C Awards Celebration, it is among Columbia Athletics' most prized awards. The University also has honored him with its Alumni Medal and John Jay Award.
In 2006, Maniatty was inducted to the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class in the Special Category for Individual Achievement, a category created to honor individuals who have brought honor and distinction to Columbia University Athletics through significant involvement and support of the intercollegiate athletics program.
Maniatty was the former managing director and partner of Salomon Brothers, which he joined right after graduation when it was still known as The Discount House of Salomon Brothers & Hutzler. A Columbia trustee for 11 years, he and his wife, Betty, were active in charitable causes near their Fairfield County (Conn.) home. Maniatty was the chairman of the board of the Norwalk Hospital Foundation for more than nine years, and a member of the board of trustees of the hospital itself. During his chairmanship, the Foundation has raised more than $55 million.
"In my five years at Columbia, I found Connie to be an incredibly generous person. It was an honor to get to know him," said Murphy. "His influence on Columbia Athletics will be felt for generations to come. I will miss him."
The funeral arrangements are as follows:Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 11:00 am Funeral Mass
Christ and Holy Trinity Church
75 Church Lane
Westport, CT 06880
In lieu of flowers, the Maniatty family has requested that charitable gifts be made to Columbia Athletics in memory of Connie S. Maniatty. Gifts may be sent to the following address:
Attn: Katie Day
622 W 113th St.
New York, NY 10025
"Connie Maniatty was an invaluable friend to Columbia Football. His passion and dedication to Columbia Football over the years were extraordinary. He gave the program a chance to flourish and he will be missed." - Norries Wilson, Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football
"Connie Maniatty was a consistent and dedicated supporter of Columbia Athletics. His enthusiasm and love for the Athletics Program will be truly missed." - Ray Tellier, Associate Athletics Director for Intercollegiate Sports Programs and former Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football