Mario Federici, LL.D, Ph.D.
Feb. 2, 1918 - Sept. 5, 2018 Los Altos
Mario Federici, 100 years old, was a long time resident of Los Altos, California, passed away on September 5, 2018, in Sabbioneta, Mantova, Italy. Funeral and burial services were held in Italy.
Mario was born in Novellara, Reggio Emilia, Italy to Angelo and Maria Tersilla Federici on February 24, 1918. He also enjoyed his long time marriage to Dr. Carla Cavalca Federici until her passing in 2003.
As a native of Italy, he received his first doctorate degree in International Law from the Universita Cattolica of Milan, Italy. He also received his second doctorate in Spanish Literature from Universidad Interamericana of Mexico in collaboration with the University of Chicago. He also had additional studies in Switzerland, Madrid and Chicago.
Dr. Federici initially practiced law specializing in ImportExport with the law firm of G.B. Boeri of Milan, Italy.
After his completion of his doctorate in Spanish Literature, his professional experience turned towards teaching several languages at the college level. They included French and Spanish at the Latin School of Chicago (1956-57): Spanish, French and Italian at Loyola University of Chicago (1957-63); twenty-six years of teaching Spanish (undergraduate and graduate) and Italian at University of California, San Jose (UCSJ) (1963-89); and then became in charge of the UCSJ Spanish graduate program until his retirement in 1989.
His major publications included: (a) in Italian, L’occupanzione bellica, Milano: Vita e Pensiero, Univ. Cattolica, 1947; (b) in Spanish, La imagen del hombre en la poesia de Unamuno, Madrid: Editorial Fuagua, 1974. He also assisted his wife, Dr. Carla Federici, in the creation of her book, Ciao!, a first-year college-level Italian textbook and its multiple editions.
Mario was a member of numerous professional societies and organizations which included: American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Modern Language Association (MLA), Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC), the Cervantes Society of America, Spanish Honorary Society Sigma Delta Pi, Mens Honorary Society Tau Delta Phi, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
He traveled extensively in Europe and in Central and South America.
Dr. Federici is preceded in death by his wife, Carla, brother, Dante, and sister, Tosca. Dr. Federici is survived by his niece, Tersilla Federici of Sabbioneta in Mantova, Italy.