Saturday, January 09, 2010

Breaking News: Maniatty Passes Away

Columbia has just announced the sad news that one of the biggest-ever supporters of Lion football has died.

Connie Maniatty ’43 was a key bseball player at Columbia who went on to great success at Salomon Brothers.

But for decades, Maniatty was extremely generous to the football program with his time and personal fortune.

The luxury lounge on the lower level of the Wien Stadium press box is named in his honor.

Columbia, and the state of Connecticut, has lost a very, very good friend.


At Sat Jan 09, 09:19:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger brian said...

I was on the football advisory comm with Connie in the 80's..we hired Ray Tellier in '88....Connie did not play football at CU but, if not for Connie there probably would not be a football team today..he stuck up for the program,as a trustee and with his money, when nobody really gave a crap....the program today owes everything to him....after meetings- I used to drive him home to Westport (he would not drive at night) and I have many many fond memories of those rides..he was stubborn but, a real person......who was the pride of Greenfield Massachusetts..his family owned a popular resturant there.....Connie was a one of Kind...and God bless him!! A real Columbia Sports hero....Thank God for Connie Manniatty!!

At Sat Jan 09, 09:06:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

God bless him. Hope they put a nice memorial for him up at Baker.

At Sat Jan 09, 09:20:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful man. A Great Fan of Columbia Football. We will miss him.

At Sun Jan 10, 09:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Columbia Football owes a ton to this man.

At Sun Jan 10, 07:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he was my uncle . i will never forget him. i`ll allways tresure my chilhood memories of my uncle connie. aunt betty i`m very sorry for your loss sincerly
john s maniatty

At Mon Jan 11, 05:43:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Kevin said...

In the 20th Century, there were three people involved with Columbia Athletics who stood above all others as leaders of their respective eras -- Horace Davenport, the captain of the 1929 IRA championship crew; Bill Campbell; and Connie Maniatty. In addition to their leadership and generosity to Columbia, they were the go-to guys who could and did make things happen.

What makes Connie's role so significant is that unlike Horace and Bill, he wasn't a standout athlete, just a guy on the team (a back-up catcher, if I remember correctly). But he had a lifelong love for the university and our athletics program and will be greatly missed.


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