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Louis Lawrence Chinatti ’63

Published in Sept. 13, 2000, issue

Lou, whose lifelong interest was Italian literature, died Feb. 19, 1998, at the home he shared with his sister, Rose Brennan, in Torrington, Conn.

A longtime resident of Philadelphia, he was a Dante scholar who was a professor of Italian literature at the U. of Virginia and Temple U. He also taught at Valley Forge Military Academy and spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the U. of Florence in Italy.

At Princeton, he studied English and Italian literature, writing a thesis on the influence of Bocaccio on Chaucer. A member of Terrace, the Bridge and the Chess clubs, he studied in Italy during the summer preceding his senior year. He and Alan Chesler roomed together four years.

Lou, who as an undergraduate had anticipated a career in teaching, went on from Princeton to earn his doctoral degree at Harvard.

The class extends its sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

The Class of 1963

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