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In Memory of

William Anthony Bovino

November 12, 1940 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


William Anthony (Bill) Bovino, a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania for 26 years, died on March 27, 2015, in hospice care at Paoli Hospital. He was 74 years old and a resident of Paoli. Born on November 12, 1940, in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late William R. and Domenica (Pelosi) Bovino. Bill attended St. Teresa's School and La Salle Academy (class of 1958). Upon graduating from Brown University in 1963, he taught Latin at St. Raphael's Academy in Providence. After service in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Enterprise, he...

William Anthony (Bill) Bovino, a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania for 26 years, died on March 27, 2015, in hospice care at Paoli Hospital. He was 74 years old and a resident of Paoli. Born on November 12, 1940, in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late William R. and Domenica (Pelosi) Bovino. Bill attended St. Teresa's School and La Salle Academy (class of 1958). Upon graduating from Brown University in 1963, he taught Latin at St. Raphael's Academy in Providence. After service in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Enterprise, he attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and also taught English as a second language. Bill began his library career at the John Carter Brown and John D. Rockefeller libraries at Brown University. While working at the Library of the School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), he received a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University's library school.
In 1988 he became Romance Languages Cataloger at Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania. At the time of his retirement in July 2014, he was the Head of the Original Cataloging Department. Bill was a student of European languages and literatures, an avid reader, and a discerning collector of recordings of classical, operatic, and liturgical music. In his sixties, he began taking classical piano lessons and studying German. He was urbane and had an ironic and trenchant sense of humor and wit, but was also a very private person. A dog lover, he raised four English and Welsh Springer Spaniels over the years.
His Christian faith was paramount throughout his life. He was a member of the John Henry Newman Catholic Community, which meets at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Strafford. He was a supporter of the work of the monks of the Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy, to re-establish Benedictine spirituality at the site of the birthplace of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. For many years, he was a chanter and member of the choir of St. Philip Church in Souderton, and later was choir director at Holy Ascension Church in Chester County. Bill is survived by his devoted friend, C. Danial Elliott, of Paoli, and by his cousins, Norma Gallagher and Richard (and Elayne) Guglielmetti of Simsbury, CT; Ronald (and Susan) Improta of New Bern, NC; Robert (and Ginny) Improta of North Kingstown, RI; Valorie (and Paul) Hodgert of Santa Ynez, CA; Joseph (and Patricia) Petrucci of Mahwah, NJ; Barbara (and David) Dumoulin of Marine, Il.; and John Del Rossi, of Indianapolis, IN.
Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Alleva Funeral Home, Inc., 1724 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, and on Wednesday, April 1, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 35 Old Eagle School Road, Strafford. The Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery,
West Conshohocken. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Monks of Norcia Foundation, P.O. Box 3748, Des Moines, IA 50323 (osbnorcia.org); The Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Community, c/o 6611 Ardleigh St., Philadelphia, PA 19119; St. Philip Church, 1970 Clearview Rd., Souderton, PA 18964; or Paoli Hospital Foundation, 255 West Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301. Arrangements are with Alleva Funeral Home, Inc.