Louis Vincent DiBello
Our beloved Louis Vincent DiBello passed away March 7, 2017, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Born August 20, 1941 in Washington, PA to the late Julia D’Alessandro and Vincent DiBello, Louis (Lou) attended Washington High School where he excelled in academics and music graduating in 1959 with honors, and leading the marching band as Drum Major. After graduation, Lou attended Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA, graduating in 1963 with a BA in Mathematics and Physics; he then attended the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY graduating in 1969 with an MA and PhD in Mathematics.
Lou began his career in education and research in 1969 at the University of Illinois, Urbana as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics advancing to the position of Senior Research Scientist, Computer Based Education Research Lab, where he developed his interest in testing and test development, and then as Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology. He left the University in 1994 for the Law School Admission Council in Newtown, PA, and in 1997 he joined the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ as Research and Development Director. During this period Lou and his wife Marie resided in Newtown-Yardley, PA. In 2006, Lou moved back to academia concluding his career at the University of Illinois, Chicago, as Research Professor and Associate Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute and the Lead Informative Assessment Initiative while residing in Bloomingdale, IL. In his professional career, Lou garnered dozens of research grants and contracts including many from the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Science, and the Department of Defense. He co-authored articles and book chapters on diagnostic assessment, and was co-editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement, Special Issue on Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment. Professionally, Lou was known for his quick smile, optimism and poignant sense of humor, and was an example of steadfast resolve, persistence and focus, always willing to lend a hand, never saying no to a colleague in need of assistance. He always brought insight and a unique perspective to any project.
Lou met Marie Earley (née Hook) at a dinner event in Champaign in November 1988, and it was love at first sight. Lou proposed to Marie in December of 1988, just a month after their first meeting, on bended knee, at “The Point,” in Pittsburgh PA, a beautiful park at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers where they join to form the Ohio River. He felt "The Point" well represented his and Marie’s feelings, as they were truly kindred spirits. They were married on May 27, 1989.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julia and Vincent DiBello, Lou is survived by “his favorite sweetheart,” his wife Marie, of 28 years; children and grandchildren, son Louis DiBello, Jr. and wife Brooke and granddaughter Giulietta of Sidney, IL; son Christopher DiBello and wife Alyona and grandson Christopher Jr. of Columbus OH, daughter Jae DiBello Takeuchi and husband Kenji of Clemson, SC; sister MaryAnn Wolfe and husband Jeff of Latrobe, PA; brother Thomas DiBello and wife Lesley of Houston, TX; several nieces and nephews; a maternal aunt and uncle as well as many cousins and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, April 21, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 N. West Street, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. We wish to thank all of the many people who helped us throughout these difficult last few months especially the doctors, nurses, and staff at Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center at Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern Medicine, Home Health and Hospice.
Memorials to either of the following are appreciated by the family of Louis V. DiBello:
To support junior scholars in education research assessment & measurement:
University of Illinois Foundation
Louis V. DiBello Memorial Gift
Learning Sciences Research Institute
University of Illinois - Chicago
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Bishop Anderson House - Chaplaincy
Louis V. DiBello Memorial Gift
1653 West Congress Parkway
Chicago, Illinois 60612-3833
All donations are tax deductible.