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Mario Benedicty, 88, long a resident of Rome, Italy and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and since 1994 of Palo Alto, California, died at home at Channing House on April 8, 2011. Born July 16, 1922, in Trieste, Italy. Served in the British Special Forces during WWII, fighting to free Italy from Nazi occupation and fascist rule, rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Italian Silver Medal of Military Valor. Received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Rome in 1946. Contributed the mathematics articles for the Dizionario Enciclopedico Italiano. Worked with Architect Luigi Moretti (know in the USA for designing Watergate) to establish the Institute for Operations Research and Applied Mathematics Urbanism (IRMOU) to apply mathematical theories to architectural design and planning. Taught Mathematics at the Universita Gregoriana in the Vatican, La Sapienza University of Rome, the University of British Columbia and the University of Pittsburgh where he was Department Chair of Mathematics and Statistics from 1962-1974. Retired to Palo Alto, California in 1994 and moved to Channing House in 2004. He enjoyed rowing crew in the Gulf of Trieste and one of his great desires as a mathematician was fulfilled when he was able to celebrate February 29, 2000 - actually a leap year! Survived by a host of loving friends and family, including his wife Alfonsina Mucciante, children Gustavo Benedicty and Franca Benedicty Barton Clarke, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Contributions in his name may be made to "The Campaign to Build a New Health Center at Channing House."
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2011
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