It is with great sadness that we inform colleagues of the death of our friend and colleague Robert C. Melzi. Dr. Melzi, who has been an active member of the AATI for many decades, received a Laurea from the U of Padua and a PhD from the U of Pennsylvania. He was Professor Emeritus of Romance languages at Widener University. He had been on the Widener faculty for over 30 years and chaired the Romance Languages department in the 1970s. Before joining Widener U, Melzi was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, Villanova University, and Bryn Mawr College. Professor Melzi was an expert scholar of Dante as well as a philologist and a linguist. In 1966, he published Castelvetro's Annotations to the 'Inferno': A New Perspective in Sixteenth Century Criticism, while in 1973 he published the first edition of his Bantam New College Italian-English Dictionary, republished many times. This was one of the first Italian-English dictionaries which utilized US-English rather than British English as a reference point. After retiring in 1990, Dr. Melzi remained active and, in 2005, he published The Conquering Monk: The Story of El Mansur (Studi & Testi 7, Annali d'Italianistica). In his later years, Dr. Melzi researched and wrote about the treatment of Jews during the Italian Renaissance. Professor Melzi will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure to meet him.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our colleague Gilberto Paolini, Professor Emeritus at Tulane University. Born in San Pio di Fontecchio, Italy, he earned his Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota. He retired as Professor Emeritus from Tulane University, with 30 years of dedicated service. He authored many books and articles on topics related to cultural and historical traditions in central Italy and in the area of L'Aquila in particular. Professor Paolini will be sorely missed by all the people who had the fortune to know him.
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|Title Annotation:||Robert C. Melzi of Widener Universit and Gilberto Paolini;|
|Article Type:||In memoriam|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2012|
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