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Bloomington Leader Tony Pizzo Dies At 93

Anthony Pizzo

Updated — Jan. 14, 3:06 p.m.

One of Bloomington's historic leaders, Anthony Pizzo, has died at the age of 93.

Pizzo and his wife Patricia moved to Bloomington in 1951, where Pizzo became a doctor.

“We moved here in 1964 and the Pizzos were some of the people we met early on,” Charlotte Zietlow, who has been active in Monroe County politics and non-profit organizations for more than four decades, told WFIU in 2013. "Both Patti and Tony in their ways made Bloomington palatable at that time. When we met them, and found out about the wonderful things they were doing, we realized we could stay here.”

Pizzo served on the Bloomington City Council. During that time, he authored Bloomington's smoking ban and named a city council fund for social service activities after former council member Jack Hopkins.

"I am a doctor of medicine and throughout my career, I've seen a lot of people die from smoke-related reasons," Pizzo told the Indiana Daily Student in 2004. "And during my last term, I wanted to do something about it."

City Councilman Tim Mayer says Pizzo's legacy is one of civil service.

"Tony was a very unique individual in that he was deeply involved in our community in many aspects, and because of that, he could bring a lot of community to the city council," Mayer says.

Andy Ruff served on the council with Pizzo. He says Pizzo's dedication to the community left an impact on the council.

"His legacy on the council is probably that when you're committed and passionate about doing what you think needs to be done to improve the lives of people in this community, that you dig in, and you fight and you don't stop and you don't quit. No matter what," Ruff says.

Pizzo's son, Angelo, is a screenwriter and producer best known for the films Rudy and Hoosiers.

Alexander McCall contributed to this report.

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