Remembering Dr. Sangalli

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted." Psalms 34:18

Long-time Saint Xavier High School president passed away on May 5, 2019 after a brief fight against colorectal cancer. He was 60 years old.

“It is with great sadness that we learned of Dr. Sangalli’s passing,” Principal Frank Espinosa said. “He was not only our school leader, but a colleague, teacher, and friend. He was committed to his school, friends and family as anyone you will ever find, and we were so fortunate to have him as part of our St. X family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his father, two brothers, and all of us who were blessed to have known him.”

Dr. Sangalli, a 1976 graduate, served at St. X for 38 years, first as a math teacher and then as assistant principal, from 1986-1992. He left briefly to serve as assistant principal of Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore before returning to St. X in 1993 as principal.

He served as our principal for nine years before being appointed by the St. X Board of Directors as the school’s second president in 2001.

During his tenure as head of school, Dr. Sangalli led initiatives that dramatically increased support for need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships; transformed the academic and athletic facilities; saw the endowment grow to more than $26 million, and earned the school’s fourth designation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Dr. Sangalli positively impacted thousands of students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and led the school through the greatest period of academic, physical and spiritual growth in its 150+ year history.

“He was such a unique individual, a kind soul liked and respected by all, and someone who deeply cared for St. X,” said Mike Littell, Vice President for Advancement. “The hearts of the entire St. X community are with the family of our Brother in Christ, devoted leader, proud servant, and dear friend. He will be missed and we must all work even harder to fulfill his vision for St. X.”

In his last letter to the St. X community, Dr. Sangalli wrote of the signs of hope and the spring season.

“All remind us of the marching of time and the cycle of life, challenging us to pay attention to our senses as we have opportunities to see, smell, hear, touch and taste the gifts that surround us. Celebrate the season, enter the events, and grab a quiet moment to recognize and savor the blessings in your life.”

“What you are is God’s gift to you.

What you make of yourself is your gift to God.”

- Dr. Perry E. Sangalli’s senior yearbook quote

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