Mario Fed­erici, LL.D, Ph.D.

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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.

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