Dante Della Terza

1924 - 2021


Dante Della Terza grew up in Sant’ Angelo dei Lombardi near Avellino, In Italy. He went to college in Pisa. Met his American wife Mollie Mcush Della Terza in France and they were married there. They then moved to the States where their children, Grazia and Giorgio were born. He taught at UCLA before moving to Arlington/Cambridge and had a long career as a professor at Harvard University, teaching Italian and European literature.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 67 years Mollie of Arlington and two devoted children Grazia of New York City, who was his daily caretaker in his waning months and Giorgio of Riverside, Ca. As well as his favorite grandson Cal.
Dante was a man of great intellect, and passion for work and life. He was going into his office high atop Widener library 3 times a week up until the Covid shut down March 2020.
He enjoyed interacting with people of all walks of life. He always left a memorable impression that seemed to linger warmly with all those he came across. I personally will be forever buoyed by his love, his gentleness and compassion. But mostly, I’m uplifted, by the daily memory of how much, growing up, he made me laugh. Only he could get me to laugh up snot bubbles.
Rest In Peace carissimo

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Douglas Dunn and Grazia Della Terza

April 18, 2021 10:08 AM

In loving memory of Dante Della Terza
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Elvira & Rocco Di Fabio

April 16, 2021 12:23 PM

Prof. Della Terza was so kind to me as a graduate student. My husband & I delighted in his company on my Harvard summer abroad program when we visited Noto, Sicily, in July 2002. A life to celebrate!
Elvira & Rocco Di Fabio

A Grove of 5 Memorial Trees was planted in memory of Dante Della Terza

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April 12, 2021 11:53 PM

A Grove of 3 Memorial Trees was planted in memory of Dante Della Terza


April 17, 2021 3:03 PM

Con infinita nostalgia e riconoscenza ricordo il mio diletto Maestro Dante Della Terza.
Un pensiero affettuoso a Mollie Della Terza e famiglia.
Manuela Bertone

Joe Garland

April 17, 2021 1:06 PM

I miss Dante tremendously. I'm not the only one who thought he would live forever. His joy for life and work, his eternal kindness and patience will resonate in me always
I am grateful for the 6 years I spent driving him to his office at Widener and rehashing his doings - seeing Kathy the secretary to mail a letter and saying how warmly he is always greeted or talking about his circle of scholar colleagues
He occasionally spoke on an essay he was writing and often shared stories of his youth and first years in America.
I will miss the annual Christmas party at Widener where we would eat and drink wine and the ones who knew or worked with Dante would always come over and we're excited to see and engage him. I think of his incredible mind that allowed him to write and work to the end.
Mostly I will miss his warmth and appreciation for life, for his work and the family and friends who knew him and his appreciation for me. For being, he called me, his friend and collaborator.

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