By Stephanie Sical
Professor Alessandro Caldiero passed due to natural causes in July of 2020. Caldiero earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Italian Language and Literature from the University of California Los Angeles in 1980.
Caldiero used to work as an English instructor for eight years at Okayama University in Okayama, Japan. Initially he was hired as a part time instructor for the School of Mechanical Engineering and was offered a full time non-renewable position in 1999. He taught there until 2002.
Three years later Caldiero worked as an Adjunct professor for the Modern Languages Department at East Los Angeles College for 15 years. He started in September 2005 and ended in 2019. He developed, planned and taught a course in the fundamentals of Italian language. He also taught an Italian culture and civilization course online.
Dr. Lynn Vogel-Zuiderweg Professor of French and Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, and Creative Co-Director of the Center for Global Education and Engagement at ELAC worked and had spent time over the years with Professor Caldiero and expressed some words and how he will remember him.
“We are all saddened by Alessandro’s passing,” He said.
“Professor Alessandro was a very kind and gentle man. He loved teaching Italian at ELAC. We often spoke about Italy and all things Italian. It was always enjoyable for me to have an opportunity to speak Italian with him,” he said. Dr. Vogel also said that he was certainly a trooper and due to chronic kidney disease, he had been on dialysis for many years. This is a very fatiguing and weakening procedure and yet he still managed to teach his Italian class.
Condolences go to Professor Alessandro Caldiero´s family and those who remember him with joy.