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Volume 60, Number 25    March 4, 2013         

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In Memoriam

Alfred Fiore Alberico
Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages Alfred Fiore Alberico died in San Rafael on Dec. 7, 2012 at the age of 91. Born in Denver, Colorado, Alberico served as a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 and was deployed in France, Japan and the Philippines. In 1947, he earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. From 1951 to 1953, Alberico worked in NATO and was stationed in Naples, Italy.

Alberico earned his M.A. in 1953 from Italian School of the Middlebury College and in 1958 received his Ph.D from Yale University in Romance Languages. In 1959 he joined SF State, where he taught Italian, French and Comparative Literature until his retirement in 1987. While serving as chair of the foreign languages department, Alberico was instrumental in setting up the Italian undergraduate program, developing the Italian M.A. program and making the department one of the most reputable in California.

During summers, he taught Italian at Middlebury College and during his 1968 year of leave, was a teacher and director at Badia Fiesolana in Italy. Alberico also founded the Italingua Institute and served as its president from 1985 to 1992, acted as Resident Director of the CSU Center in Florence, Italy and served on the Board of Directors to the Leonard da Vinci Society, America-Italy Society, School of Italian Language and Culture, and as Executive Council of the Foreign Language Association and the American-Italian Historical Society.

Alberico was knighted 'Cavaliere' by the Italian government for his dedication to culture and learning. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Antonietta, his son, Domenic, daughter-in-law, Stacy, sister Viola and brother Harold. A memorial service was held Dec. 20, 2012 in San Rafael.

Vic Rowen
Professor Emeritus of Physical Education and head coach of the Gator football team from 1961 to 1989 Vic Rowen died Jan. 14 at the age of 93. Rowen is credited with building the Gators into a small college football powerhouse; under him, SF State won five Far Western Conference titles in the 1960s, pioneered what later became known as the "West Coast offense" and recruited players and coaches who would later become famous, including Floyd Peters, Bill Baird, Elmer Collett Andy Reid, Mike Holmgren and Jim Sochor.

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