Larissa Bonfante (1931-2019)
Great American and Italian scholar Larissa Bonfante passed away on August 23, 2019, in New York City. She was an expert in the Etruscan language. Everything I know about it I learned from the book "Etruscan Language: An Introduction" she wrote with her father Giuliano Bonfante. My work on "Aryan Italy of the Etruscans" would be impossible without it. For a decade, I read it almost every day. I never met Ms. Bonfante but it feels like losing a friend and I am writing this with melancholy, gratitude, and admiration.