Dr. Arthur Zampella
May 15, 1917 - January 9, 1992
Dr. Arthur Zampella lived at Idylease on Union Valley Road in West Milford Township. For thirty eight years he lived in a house by the side of the road, as the poem goes. He was a friend to all men. Immune to the paranoid fears of litigation felt by so many of his colleagues, he never failed, day or night, to rush to the aid of anyone sick or injured. He pushed himself physically and financially to bring expensive equipment, diagnostic aids, and specialist associates to cover as many services of medicine as were physically possible to service his community.
A geriatric specialist, no one observing his quiet, self-effacing manner would ever realize that he had, for many years, serviced our youngsters in their schools, on the playing fields, in the Cub and Boy Scouts, the YMCA and actively participated on youth counseling boards.
Perhaps a wife and five children gave him an early start on the last. From the Police Athletic League, to the police body itself, his energies were always available officially as well as a friend.
His offices, memberships and awards were far to numerous to mention here, but they ran the gamut of such extremes as the Federal Aviation Agency to the New York Athletic Club to the churches of our community.
From infants, to youth, to geriatrics, in almost every phase of medicine and philanthropy, he served our township not only for the affluent, but especially for the poor and elderly who have never suffered at his hands either medically or financially.
He was much, much more than a Citizen of the Year; he was an outstanding, quiet servant for us for several generations. I seriously doubt, that however hard we tried, we were ever be able to repay him fully.
-EDITED FROM THE WEST MILFORD
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR CITATION
January, 26, 1990
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About Richard Zampella
Richard Zampella is the son of Dr. Arthur Zampella. As an American Film and Television producer he has numerous documentaries that have appeared on American Public Television. His work has also aired in Europe, airing on PBS America and Sky TV. Zampella received a Critics’ Pic from the New York Times for the feature documentary, Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen, which is narrated by Sam Waterston. For Warner Home Video, he produced Sergeant York: Of God and Country which is narrated by Liam Neeson. He has Produced and Edited two documentaries that aired concurrently on PBS in 2023. They include: Elmore Leonard: But Don't Try to Write narrated by Campbell Scott and Inside High Noon narrated by Mathew Rhys.
Zampella is a Conservationist who manages Idylease Tree Farm at Idylease in West Milford NJ. His father, Dr. Arthur Zampella was awarded the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the year in 1991 for his tree farm at Idylease. As a Preservationists, Richard Zampella owns and operates Idylease Inn which is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Landmark is situated on the one hundred acres estate that comprises Idylease Tree Farm. In the past, the Inn has hosted the likes of luminaries such as Thomas Edison. Zampella has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having designed several food service operations in New York. Previously, he has run the Oak Room and Bar at the Plaza Hotel on Central Park South. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Essex House Hotel where he served as a Food & Beverage Manager. For 17 years he worked under restaurant impresario Joe Baum at the Rainbow Room which is located 65 floors high above Rockefeller Center.