The Director, the Personnel and the Advisory Board of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, along with the Chair, Faculty, Students and Staff of the Department of Italian Studies at New York University, announce with great sadness the passing of the founder of Casa Italiana, Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò. Always a passionate supporter of Italian culture, in 1988 she purchased the former house of General Winfield Scott and turned it into Casa Italiana, which opened its doors to the public in 1990, allowing for the establishment of a self-standing Department of Italian Studies at New York University, now ranked one of the best in the US. NYU made her a Life Trustee and she continued to chair the Advisory Board of Casa Italiana until her death, on October 17, 2015 at 89 years of age.
Update regarding her funeral and other memorial events:
Visits will take place at:
Chemin du Trabuquet
06500 Menton (France)
8:30am-12pm and 2pm-6pm
The funeral will take place at:
Cathédrale Notre-Dame Immaculée de Monaco,
Friday, October 23, 2:30pm
She will then be moved to Lausanne where the burial will take place at:
Monday, October 26, 10:30am
A Memorial Mass will be held in the Cathedral of Milan on:
Wednesday, October 28, 5:30pm
We are planning a New York celebration of the Baroness' life for Friday, November 13, the 25th anniversary of Casa Italiana. Her daughter Maria Chiara will be present.
In keeping with the Baroness’ spirit and character, all Casa Italiana events continue as scheduled.
Click here for a more detailed biography and to read about her in her own words.
Click here to view the documentary about her early life Beyond These Walls, directed by Anne De Mare and produced by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger.