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Alberto Anselmo Benzi Obituary
Benzi, Alberto Anselmo 04/08/1929 ~ 12/22/2013 LA JOLLA -- Alberto Anselmo Benzi was born in a village near Torino, Italy on April 8, 1929. He was the second child of three born to Maria Lavagna and Luigi Benzi. Alberto entered the seminary at age 10 and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest at age 23. He immigrated to America in 1964 and later made San Diego his home. Alberto received his Masters of Arts in History at the College of the Holy Names, and his Ph.D in Philosphy at the University of New Mexico. After leaving the priesthood, he began a teaching career that lasted over 35 years, and taught courses in Art History, Humanities, Philosophy, Logic and Italian at various colleges, including SDSU, Mesa and Grossmont Colleges. An extensive traveler, he became the Academic Director for the Classical Alliance of Western States (CAWS), leading students on cultural summer tours to Italy and Western Europe. Eventually, Alberto opened his own travel agency, Prof. Benzi Cultural Tours and Cruises, which focused on introducing travelers to the wonders of Italian art and culture. In 1982, Alberto met Rhonda Brunswick, who became his life companion and wife, sharing 30 wonderful years together until his death on December 22, 2013. Known to many as Professor Benzi, Alberto was a charismatic and inspirational teacher, tour guide and friend, possessed with an unparalleled Italian warmth and charm. He was instantly loved by all those who had the good fortune to make his acquaintance. With his white baseball cap and elegant walking stick, he was an ever-present figure walking amongst the streets of La Jolla Village, where he and Rhonda have resided since 1984. Alberto is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Bianca and brother Angelo. He is survived by his nephew Mattia Benzi and his wife Lorena; his niece Coletta Benzi Sterpone, her husband Giorgio, and their children Lapo and Rachele, of Bardonecchia, Italy; as well as by his wife Rhonda Benzi Brunswick and her family in San Diego and Modesto, Calif. All who knew and loved Alberto will cherish his memory and be forever grateful for all he did to make our lives better and brighter. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Published in U-T San Diego on Jan. 26, 2014
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