Category: Georgetown Magazine, Spring 2021

Title:Lives Well Lived—Spring 2021

Author: Patti North
Date Published: May 27, 2021

Lives Well Lived honors a few alumni who have recently passed away with short obituaries. We share with you these portraits of alumni who have made an indelible impact living day to day as people for others.

You can find a more complete In Memoriam list at

Anthony Giacobbe (C’58, L’61, Parent’89)Anthony Giacobbe (C’58, L’61, Parent’89)

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Anthony “Tony” Giacobbe graduated from Georgetown College in 1958 and from Georgetown Law Center in 1961. He began his legal career as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army (JAG Corps). He became an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and then on Staten Island, opening his private practice during the early 1970s. After being appointed Court of Claims judge in 2000, Justice Giacobbe celebrated his 70th birthday in 2006 by being sworn in as a justice of the state Supreme Court.

His son, Anthony Jr. (C’89) recalls, “His love for Georgetown ran very deep. He was proud to serve as AAP interview chairman for the Staten Island area. He enjoyed visiting campus, especially during my four years there. We would walk around and he would point out what each building ‘used to be.’ Every judge, every lawyer, everybody who worked for the court was fond of him and his warm personality—and every one of them knew he went to Georgetown because he talked about it so much.”

Justice Giacobbe passed away in May 2020. In addition to his sons, Mark and Anthony Jr., he is survived by three grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, and Joseph Giacobbe, and significant other Joy Spinelli.

Richard Louis Camaur (SFS’65, G’71, L’76, Parent’90)

As a kid, Richard Louis Camaur taught himself and became fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Italian, and German. So it was no surprise that he was drawn to the School of Foreign Service, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965, followed by a master’s in Latin American affairs, with distinction, in 1971. A triple Hoya, he received his J.D. from the Law Center in 1976.

He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1965 to 1973 as a captain and was stationed in Panama from 1967 to 1969. He worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1969 to 1979, eventually serving as a State Department adviser to the U.S. Panama Canal Treaty Negotiating Team. Camaur opened his law firm in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1980, devoting substantial time to pro bono cases.

His daughter, Elisabeth Camaur Crampton (SFS’90), recalls: “My father was very proud of his Georgetown education and cherished his memories as a Hoya. He was beaming with excitement when I was accepted into the School of Foreign Service.”

Camaur passed away in November 2020. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his son Paul Camaur; his daughter-in-law Diana Camaur; his three grandchildren, David Crampton, Aleksandra Crampton, and Alexis Camaur; his former wife Nancy Camaur; and his second wife Wendy Burns Camaur.

Amelia Parker (L’83)Amelia Parker (L’83)

After stints as executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus and staff assistant for policy analysis during the Carter administration, Amelia Parker was tapped to build and direct the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The museum commemorates the spawning of a national movement after four college freshmen refused to leave an F. W. Woolworth whites-only lunch counter. Following years of fundraising, while supervising design and construction activities, Parker presided over its grand opening on February 1, 2010, the 50th anniversary of the sit-ins that inspired a wave of non-violent direct action across the country to end racially segregated accommodations at public eating facilities. It is housed in the very same Woolworth building with its preserved and restored lunch counter.

“She helped [the museum] to achieve the international status that it has today,” says one of those students, Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair Jr.).

Using artifacts, documents, and images, Parker oversaw the development of compelling storylines for visitors to the museum, creating a path for them to move seamlessly through the galleries of the permanent exhibit, “The Battlegrounds.” John Swaine, the current CEO, recalls that Parker sought to craft a larger narrative through which residents of Greensboro could take pride in their significant role in helping the country realize the progressive steps necessary for the social inclusion of all Americans. “And in her own Alpha Kappa Alpha style, she instilled the focus that distinguishes the ICRCM in its portrayal of the capacity of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary change for the betterment of their communities,” says Swaine.

“I remember a woman with tremendous energy and great passion, who also exhibited a great willingness to help, mentor, and encourage young professionals. Her energy and leadership made her a role model for many. Her willingness to help is her enduring legacy.”

Marc Morial (L’83), CEO of the National Urban League and classmate of Amelia Parker

Parker also worked as director of communications for the National Urban League, and as director of the Office of Black Affairs for the Democratic National Committee.

She held a degree in philosophy and psychology from Johnson C. Smith University and received two master’s degrees from Iowa State University before entering Georgetown University Law Center. Parker passed away in January 2021.