Max Edward Zavanelli

Max Edward Zavanelli died Jan. 27, 2018, after an extended battle with cancer.
Mr. Zavanelli had a notable career in finance, where he was the Dis­tinguished Roland George Professor, Chair of Applied Investments and Research at Stetson University in DeLand.
He was recognized as an expert in stock-market anomalies and investor behavior, providing research to mutual-fund companies and other institutional investors.
Mr. Zavanelli spent his entire career as a practitioner as well as a researcher, founding several investment companies, including ZPR Investment Management, based in Orange City.
The son of a Purple Heart recipient, he also served in the U.S. Army. After enlisting in 1965, he completed Officer Candidate School and rose to the rank of first lieutenant. As an artillery officer, Mr. Zavanelli was given command of a nuclear-armed-weapons battery.
He had a lifelong passion for chess, which he credited for helping him to rise from humble beginnings in Wheeling, West Virginia. A master-level player, in his early career he won two state-tournament championships, and tied for first place in the 1977 New York City Masters Championship. He later was awarded the lifetime title of senior international master.
He later became very involved in international correspondence chess as an administrator, where he held leadership posts as the deputy president of ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation), and was also responsible for all U.S. Correspondence Chess teams, including the Olympiad team.
Mr. Zavanelli is survived by his wife, Aurelija Muzaite-Zavanelli; his three children, Mark, Marcus and Aura; and his two grandsons, Nathan and Duncan.
Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
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