Years ago, Mike Scianamblo ‘65 vowed that if he was ever in a position to honor his beloved grandmother, he would do so. That time is now.
Dr. Scianamblo recently made a $1 million unrestricted gift to Chaminade Julienne. When discussing the motivation for making such a generous commitment, he shared his interest in honoring his grandmother with John Marshall '86, CJ director of development. After discussing with the rest of school leadership, Marshall proposed to Scianamblo that CJ may be able to help him achieve that goal. Thus, the building located at 77 Eaker Street, formerly known as the student conditioning center, will be renamed the Skelton Family Community Center in tribute to his grandmother, Christina Thiel Skelton.
“My grandmother had a sixth-grade education, her dad died when she was a child and she went to work in a cigar factory in Cincinnati,” Scianamblo recalls with tears welling up in his eyes. “I come from a middle-class family but I was one of five children, so there wasn’t a lot of money for education. But she really wanted her grandchildren to be successful.”
Her contributions did not end when Scianamblo graduated from Chaminade as she would regularly sign over her social security checks to help cover his college expenses. His grandmother passed away in 1969 but he saw her spirit alive at CJ during a recent visit.
“She was an amazing and selfless person. At Chaminade Julienne, I know that students receive more than just a good education, they are taught to be good human beings, generous and caring people,” Scianamblo said.
“I always felt like I had an excellent college preparatory experience at Chaminade. But it wasn’t just the academics. I describe it as discipline with heart – we were given a good set of guidelines to be good citizens.”
It was a perfect fit for the self-proclaimed “hyperactive, overactive kid predisposed to getting into mischief.”
That “kid” went on to earn degrees from Ohio State, Michigan State and Harvard universities en route to a successful career in endodontics, specializing in root canals. After two decades in practice, Scianamblo retired but continued his work in the field focused on the development of dental tools and instruments. He has been awarded 18 United States and international patents with several patents pending.
“Now, I’m financially able to help the school that helped me,” Scianamblo said.
Chaminade Julienne is grateful for the generous gift that was inspired by the work of the school’s educators generations ago, which will now serve to inspire future generations.
“This will be a space to help shape men and women who will become future leaders – leaders in their family and in their community,” said Marshall.
From student retreats to the president’s leadership dinner and athletic conditioning to service activities, the 25,000-square-foot, multi-use space is the site of numerous activities for the CJ community and the Dayton community alike.
Scianamblo’s 98-year-old mom, Christine Skelton Scianamblo, couldn’t be happier that the gift will make a difference for future generations of CJ students.
“She’s thrilled,” Scianamblo said. “She thinks it’s great for everyone in the CJ community, now and for years to come.”
Gifts like Dr. Scianamblo’s truly make a difference.
“These transformative gifts allow us to dream a little bigger,” said Marshall.A Brief Biography of Michael J. Scianamblo, DDS
Michael J. Scianamblo, DDS is an endodontist and the developer of Critical Path Technology. He is a post-graduate and fellow of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and has served as a faculty member of the University of the Pacific and the University of California, Schools of Dentistry in San Francisco. He has also served as president of the Marin County Dental Society, the Northern California Academy of Endodontists, and the California State Association of Endodontists. He has presented numerous lectures nationally and internationally, and is a recognized author in endodontics, dental materials and instrumentation. He maintained a private practice in endodontics in San Francisco and Marin County, California since 1978. His career is currently dedicated to instrument development and has been awarded 18 United States and International patents with several patents pending.
...--This article was published on September 14, 2021.