Anita Lynn Micossi, a writer, teacher and journalist, of North Road, Tivoli died Monday, December 8, 2008 at Benedictine Hospital. She was 61.
She was born in California on July 3, 1946, a daughter of the late Leonello and Rosemarie Sapone Micossi.
Formerly of Boston, Manhattan, and Port Ewen, she has lived in Tivoli for 10 years.
She married Robert Zises on July 26, 1992.
Dr. Micossi was currently a PROFESSOR, SENIOR ACADEMIC ADVISOR, and DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT at Bard Prison Initiative, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
Dr. Micossi was a FREELANCE FEATURE WRITER & ESSAYIST for The Humanist, Forbes, Ms., Savvy, Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, PC World, Bloomberg Personal, & numerous trade publications.
She was currently a HUMOR COLUMNIST for the Hudson River Sampler, a monthly newspaper covering general interest topics for the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. Dr. Micossi was also a MEDIA CONSULTANT & BUSINESS EDITOR for numerous national corporations. Also, an ON-AIR ESSAYIST for The Roundtable on WAMC, NPR affiliate in Albany.
Dr. Micossi was a former E-COMMERCE COLUMNIST for Business Without Borders, an international business magazine. Wrote market analyses and features, edited copy, and supervised production for the Insider, the monthly newsletter of the National Computer Exchange. She wrote features, columns, and trends pieces for Enterprise, a business and technology quarterly.
Dr. Micossi previously wrote and produced features for weekly broadcast of PC Talk Radio, syndicated nationally through the American Broadcasting Company network, New York City. She was the EASTERN NEWS EDITOR for Computer Decisions, a trade biweekly. Covered the Boston hi-tech business & science community, researched legal, labor, and social issues, and wrote features and news articles.
In 1982-83 she was a REPORTER for The Israel Economist, Jerusalem and was an INSTRUCTOR in English as a Second Language, Haifa, Israel at the same time. From 1978-82, she was involved with The Iroquois Poetry Ensemble & Theater Group in Berkeley, CA. .
During the 1970's Dr. Micossi conducted various social research projects and demographic analyses with grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, under the auspices of the University of California, Berkeley. Results of these studies were presented at professional meetings and several were published. In the 1970s & 80s Dr. Micossi conducted various social research projects and demographic analyses with grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, under the auspices of the University of California, Berkeley.
She was a former ADJUNCT PROFESSOR at Marist College, Hyde Park.
She received Ph.D., M.A., B.A. Sociology degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Faculty of Arts & Letters, University of Padua, Italy. Dr. Micossi was a member of the National Writers Union, Dramatists Guild, Phi Beta Kappa, Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, Village of Tivoli Master Plan Committee and Architectural Review Board, chair and Director of the Northern Dutchess Jewish Family Group
Since 1982 she has been a full-time working journalist and published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from legal and social issues to business and technology.
Surviving are her husband Robert, her daughter Sofia Lili Rose Micossi Zises at home; two stepsons Bryan and Zachary Zises, both of Chicago, Ill.; one sister Carol Bredel of California, one brother James Micossi of California, many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Kehillat Lev Shalem, 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock NY 12498 (845)679-2218 (www.wjcshul.org) Interment will follow in Montrepose Cemetery, Kingston.
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Kehillat Lev Shalem, 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock NY 12498.