Peruzzi, Duilio (1926-2016)

Peruzzi, Duilio (1926-2016)

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Geography and Environmental Studies

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Michigan, 1963 PhD

Wayne State University, 1958 MA

Wayne State University & Univ of Washington, 1954 BA

Teaching Experience

San José State University,1965-1993

Wayne State University, Summer 1965

California State University, Long Beach, Spring 1965

UCLA , 1962-1965

Wayne State University & University of Michigan, 1957-1962

Administrative and Professional Experience

Coordinator of AMS (DMA) Projects and Chief Editor of Name Gazetteers for European Strategic Boundaries

Research Geographer with USGS and NASA-Ames

Selected Publications

Cooperated on three Atlases (Pronunciation of English in the Atlantic States; Atlas of Urban and Regional Change;Land Use of Santa Clara Valley, CA).

Ten articles in Regional, National and International Journals, and Special Reports for the U. S. Government.

Some 100 Maps, Graphs, etc. in Books, Journals, Reports, etc.

Some 25 Presentations at Professional Associations, Universities, Regional and National and International Congresses.

Personal Commentary

I enjoyed teaching, and some of my friends tell me I have not stopped lecturing yet. Cartography and Remote Sensing of the Environment were my bread-and- butter courses, but it was Europe, and particularly the Mediterranean, that never tired me.

I began my academic life as a post WWII returnee from Italy where I spent fifteen years of my early youth, and it was my living in Detroit that convinced me there must be something more rewarding than assembly-line work.

Both my Master's thesis and Ph.D. dissertation dealt with primary research done in Italy and particularly Tuscany during my scholarship years of 1955-1957. I was three-times Resident Director of the CSU International Program in Florence (1976, 1979, 1986), and since my retirement in 1993 I have been a member of the Province of Florence/County of Santa Clara Sister County Commission of which I am also the liaison. This, and having a house in Cortona, where I grew up (now known as the town of "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes), keep me immersed in things Italian both in California and Italy.

Date Completed: September 2010


Peruzzi, Duilio (1926-2016)