Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò (1926-2015)
Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò was born in Milan in 1926 and completed her studies in History, Languages, and Literatures at the University of Lausanne. She is the widow of Baron Guido Zerill-Marimò and the mother of Maria Chiara Zerilli.
Baroness Zerilli-Marimò was extremely active in her philanthropic and cultural pursuits. She was a member of the Delegation of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN and sat on several prominent boards, including the Frick Collection, the Board of Trustees of New York University, La Scuola Guglielmo Marconi, and the National Italian American Foundation. She was a member of various cultural organizations throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Friends of La Scala New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Friends of La Pietra.
In 1990, she established Casa ltaliana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University, allowing for the creation of a self-standing Department of Italian Studies - now ranked one of the best in the country - where she served as Chair of the Advisory Board until she passed away in 2015.