Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Castanoli Fund supports Excellence in FLL

This endowment was established to support excellence in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts. The original contribution was made to honor the memory of the late Alder F. Castanoli who passed away in 1977. Mr. Castanoli was a significant part of the coal mining industry of Virginia as well as an inventor who obtained 7 patents for several of his creations. The Ralph Draughon Library has a special collection of the inventor’s papers titled the Alder F. Castanoli Papers 1913-1977. The Castanoli Papers contain clippings, reports, photographs, periodicals, and items dealing with his engineering projects. Castanoli designed the world’s longest tunnel, many mining processes, and suspension bridges. During his lifetime, he was given keys to the city of Venice, Italy and he had a special place in his heart for the Italian language and culture. This keen interest in a foreign country, culture, and language is what resulted in the generous endowment that has allowed FLL faculty and students alike to pursue enrichment of their knowledge and skills in languages and cultures of the world.

Last Updated: July 26, 2012