Joseph V. Regano was considered a stalwart supporter of the community and a visionary in the field of education. As superintendent for 33 years, he led the Solon City School District as it doubled in size and became one of the top-rated districts in the nation, consistently rising to the No. 1 spot in Ohio.

Mr. Regano died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

The outpouring of grief from residents, educators, politicians and business owners reveals the deep impact he had on the community at large.

Mr. Regano was a product of Ohio. He graduated from Warrensville Heights High School, the Ohio State University and Cleveland State University. He began his career at the Euclid City School District before joining Solon

schools.

Mr. Regano was described by his colleagues as a compassionate leader who wanted all children to succeed. When he came to the city, the high school was surrounded by farmland. As the suburb expanded and more neighborhoods popped up, the student population exploded. Under his direction, schools were built and expanded. The curriculum was developed and fine-tuned year after year. Many believe that Mr. Regano’s steady leadership contributed to Solon’s reputation as an ideal place to live and work.

He was a quiet yet strong leader, friend, husband, brother, father and grandfather.

The groundwork he set is sure to keep Solon on a steady path of achievement. He will be missed.

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