I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1944, and was one of five children born to Joseph and Marie de Angelis. Grew up in Queens Village, New York and graduated from St. John’s University, B.S. Chemistry (1966). Attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, graduating in 1970 with a D.M.D. degree. I married my wife, Lenorah, in 1977 and have raised five wonderful children (Jeff, Michael, Chris, Jamie and Paul).
I began active duty as a Dental Officer in the U.S. Navy in 1970. Duty stations included Naval Hospital, Philadelphia (Internship); USS Simon Lake (AS 33); Naval Air Station, Brunswick, ME; Naval Air Engineering Center, Lakehurst, NJ; USS Canopus (AS 34); University of Missouri-Kansas City (M.S. Oral Biology); Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA; and finally NDC Idaho Falls, ID. After 25 years of active duty I retired as CAPT, USN.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy, I attended Idaho State University, eventually graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. Biology/Education degree in 1999. For 10 years I taught Biology/Zoology in School District 91, mainly at Idaho Falls High School. I finally retired in 2010, and continued service with various non-profits, such as the Soup Kitchen and FISH.