In Memoriam: Dr. Leda Jaworski

Posted: November 16, 2011

Rosemont College is saddened to share that emeritus faculty member Dr. Leda G.M. Jaworski passed away on November 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. A professor of Italian studies at Rosemont until 2003, Dr. Jaworski was an exceptional and universally admired educator. She received many honors for her extraordinary work, including the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the knighthood of Cavaliere dell'Ordine del Merito from the President of the Italian Republic.

Dr. Jaworski was born in Tuscany, Italy. She earned her doctoral degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Pisa in the 1940s. She emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1947 with her husband, Jurek M. Jaworski of Lvov, Poland. She taught math and physics there, and later in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The family settled in Philadelphia in 1962, where Dr. Jaworski turned her attention to language and literature. She taught Spanish and Italian at Lower Merion High School and Cabrini College before joining the faculty at Rosemont in 1969. In 1972, she co-founded and directed the Rosemont-Villanova Summer Program in Siena, which for more than 30 years brought hundreds of students from across the country to Italy to study language, literature, and art.

In 1999, the Martha McGeary Snider Fund for Italian Studies in Honor of Jurek and Leda Jaworski was founded at Rosemont College. The couple had been married more than 50 years when Jurek passed away in 2000. Dr. Jaworski is survived by her daughter, Janina Montero of Los Angeles; her grandson, Alejandro Montero, and his wife, Alycia Kenney-Montero, of Maynard, MA; and two nieces, Anna and Antonella Valenzo of Lecce, Italy.

A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary (1218 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-474-1579). An additional memorial service will be held at Rosemont College on Saturday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Chapel.

For more information, please contact the Office of College Relations at 610.527.0200 x2274.

Last Updated: November 16, 2011