Former Law Principal Janet Garagliano dies

Former Jonathan Law High School Principal Janet Garagliano died Dec. 10 after a short illness.

The former principal is being remember in Milford this week for the positive impact she had at Jonathan Law, and the warmth and caring that she shared.

Garagliano became principal at Jonathan Law in 2005 and retired in 2011.

“During her time at Law she was passionately committed to the students and to working with staff to continuously improve Law,” School Supt. Dr. Elizabeth Feser said in a note to school staff. “I worked directly with Janet for only a few months but remember well her love of Law – staff, students and the larger Law community. She also greatly valued being a part of the Milford Public Schools.”

Feser said she periodically saw Garagliano because she was a staff assistant at the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, and served as a liaison for the state at the New England Secondary Schools Consortium.

“In both capacities she was a consummate professional, hardworking, dedicated and a genuine team player, and of course, always expressing warmth with her beautiful smile,” Feser said.

Board of Education Chairman Susan Glennon said Garagliano was the principal at Law when her two younger children attended the school.

“She was an exceptional leader, always available to parents and always putting students first,” Glennon said. “I had the occasion to see her in action a few weeks ago when she organized the student panel for the CABE convention. Her pride in the students was so apparent. I know she also provided invaluable mentorship to other administrators and those aspiring to follow in her footsteps as a principal. She touched so many lives. It’s hard to think of the Connecticut public school arena without her.”

Garagliano, 70, of Groton, died Sunday, Dec. 10, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, according to an obituary notice. She was born July 19, 1947, to Angelo Garagliano and Nettie Mariani Garagliano.

A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Sacred Heart Church, 56 Sacred Heart Drive in Groton. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in New London.

During one of her final years as principal at Law, Garagliano left seniors with a special life message at their graduation ceremony, advising them to choose wisely as they moved forward in life.

"Right now, the only limits to the possibilities that await you come from your own doubts and fears," Garagliano said during the ceremony. "Banish those doubts. Take hold of those fears and choose, over and over again, that which is right for you and those you love."

She told them to choose love, true friends, learning, kindness, happiness and health.