Brother Robert S. Basso ’67 Recognized as Phi Kappa Theta's 2018 Man Of Achievement
Brother Robert S. Basso (Seton Hall ’67) of San Rafael, California was honored as a 2018 Man of Achievement at the Phi Kappa Theta Social Impact conference in Orlando, Florida on August 11th. The award recognizes brothers who have risen to prominence in their fields of endeavor. Basso received the award for his 45 years’ of executive experience in the field of finance, including work with Loeb, Rhodes & Company, Merrill Lynch, UBS Paine Webber, Fidelity Investments, National Financial Services and Correspondent Services Corporation.
In addition, Bob was recognized for his philanthropic efforts, including establishing the Basso-Healy Foundation, a nonprofit that helps youth-based education and social service agencies by providing scholarships to needy students. He also created the Basso/Healy Endowed Scholarship to assist Marin Catholic High School Students in San Rafael, CA attend Seton Hall.
Also attending the ceremony were Bob’s wife, Mary Healy, and the couple’s two adult sons – John, who is with the FBI in New York City, and Robert, who works in finance – and several of Basso’s closest friends and PKT pledge brothers from New Jersey Phi Beta Chapter: Raymond De Carlo 67; Peter Riccardo ’67; and John Bland ’66. In the attached photograph from L to R: Scalera; Basso; Riccardo; De Carlo; and Bland. In a special induction ceremony after the Man of Achievement event, Robert Cinciulli, a 1967 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), was initiated as an alumnus member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity.
Bob Basso was born and raised in Point Pleasant Beach but left the Garden State in 1981 to pursue a business offer in California, where he met and married his wife, Mary. From 1969-71, he served with the US Army, including a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam. Bob’s a long-time member of the Seton Hall University Board of Regents and a generous donor to New Jersey Phi Beta Chapter, Phi Kappa Theta National Fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta National Foundation and numerous charitable organizations.
As an undergraduate, brother Basso served as pledge class president and pledge master and was elected to the Student Senate for a three-year term. He also represented Seton Hall at the United Nations – a program that included students from universities throughout the world.
Congratulations to Brother Bob Basso for his years of dedicated service as a loyal Phi Kap, financial icon, generous philanthropist, devoted husband and father and true servant leader.