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NEWARK, N.J. - It is with great sorrow that the Columbia men's soccer program has learned of the passing of former player Nick Tanelli '85CC on Friday, Jan. 4.

Tanelli passed away Friday evening at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, N.J. after a tough battle with an unforeseen virus. As a member of the men's soccer program from 1981-83, Tanelli experienced three Ivy League titles. The 1983 squad became the first Ivy League program to compete in a NCAA Division I men's soccer national championship contest. According to Columbia's 1982 men's soccer media guide, Tanelli's sophomore season, he was listed as the team's swiftest man.

Tanelli is survived by is his wife Beth and their two children, Matthew and Isabella. The family will be holding visitation at the Dancy Funeral Home in Caldwell, N.J. Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and the funeral mass will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius, also in Caldwell.


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