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Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers

An inventory of his papers at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2013


Gary Leonard Colasanti

Gary Leonard Colasanti (1968-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. He was a junior at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University majoring in advertising. Gary was an avid skier who lettered in soccer and tennis in high school. He was also an artist from a young age and received a certificate of merit from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards in 1985. Gary was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Gary is remembered by family and friends as "caring, warm, and very special. His ever-present smile and unique sense of humor touched the hearts of many."

Gary was survived by his parents, Leonard and Joanne of Melrose, Massachusetts, as well as a sister, Karyn, a brother, Paul, and a paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather.

Scope and Content Note

The Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers contain three series Clippings, Photographs and Subject files. All items in the three series pertain to the funeral and memorials for Gary. The eulogy given by Gary's father, Leonard Colasanti, at his funeral can be found in Subject files. The Clippings series contains folders for obituaries and for a memorial scholarship fund set-up in Gary's name.


Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Timothy Michael Cardwell Collection. Related collections include:

On Eagle's Wings Collection

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

Remembrance Quilt Collection

Selected Search Terms


Colasanti, Gary Leonard
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of Material

Clippings (information artifacts)
Eulogies (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers were donated by Leonard and Joanne Colasanti.

Processing Information

The Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers are processed.


The Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers are arranged alphabetically by and with-in each series.

Table of Contents



Subject files