Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.
Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he studied Latin for eight years and Greek for five. With a knack for foreign languages, Federici pursued international law after graduating from high school. He earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Loyola University of Chicago, a doctorate in international law from the Universitá Cattolica of Milan and a second doctorate in Spanish from Universidad Interamericana of Mexico in conjunction with the University of Chicago.