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Stephen P. Morenzi Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 25, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

“Steve had an incredible, innate ability and a real savvy understanding of sophisticated electronics,” Steve Iemma states of his former business partner, Stephen Morenzi, who died in 2000 from brain cancer at the age of 44.

The two men co-founded Accu-Met Laser, an industrial laser service company for the medical device industry, in 1992. “Steve designed and built our equipment on a shoe-string budget, but it performed better than anything we could have bought. It’s very precise equipment that Steve handled from design to fabrication, the calibrating, programming, maintaining, all of it,” Steve explains.

A Rhode Island native who grew up in Cranston, Stephen Morenzi attended the University of Rhode Island after graduating from high school, followed by electronics school. He was well-known in Rhode Island among followers of rock and roll music, playing keyboard in bands through the years including The Ellery Street Band, The Complaints, Nasty Habits, and The Senders. Drawing a parallel between his late partner’s professional life and his musical talents, Steve notes, “I was the musician playing the instrument, and Steve was the one creating it, tuning it, and maintaining it.”

“Steve was a very dear friend and a tremendous part of my life. In some ways, we were like an old married couple. We had some real good, old-fashioned debates about who was right and who was wrong, but we learned to work well together, and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. He was such a genuine human being, and a part of him touched everyone he met. He had a soft, wonderful heart. Steve was the kind of guy who would do the right thing whether anyone knew about it or not,” Steve shares.

“I’ve always wanted to create something as a legacy to him and to have his name associated with something that will help others to get an education or continue with an entrepreneurial pursuit,” Steve says in establishing this fund, designated for scholarships for students at New England Institute of Technology in the advanced manufacturing or engineering program.

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