Donor Spotlight: The Legacy of Dr. Maurice Alberti '51

In Loving Memory of Maurice A. Alberti  (12/29/29-11/1/12)

When alumni reminisce about Saint Mary’s, you often hear fond memories about the Brothers, Seminar and January Term. Dr. Maurice Alberti, from the class of 1951, was no exception. He warmly remembered the Brothers who took a personal interest in him and took him under their wing.

Maurice grew up in Oakland, CA, the only child of Antonio and Clara Alberti. He attended Catholic schools where he developed a love of science. SMC Resident Nurse Lizz McElligott recommended he apply to Loyola University in Chicago. Upon graduation, he joined the Army where he practiced dentistry for four years before settling in Chicago and practicing for more than 30 years specializing in Endodontics. He also returned to Loyola to teach as well.

In addition to dentistry, Maurice had a passion for art. He not only collected art but demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by opening an art print business where he bought and sold art. He donated a Henri Toulouse Lautrec lithograph, The Promenoir the Moulin Rouge, to the Hearst Art Gallery on campus (now the SMC Museum of Art). 

Maurice was always grateful for his education and credited the College with his success. Brother Stan Sobczyk said, "Dr. Alberti was a gentleman who loved Saint Mary's College because the Brothers and his other teachers touched his heart as well as his mind. He was grateful beyond measure for the liberal arts education he received at SMC."

Over the years, he established four charitable gift annuities and a trust to benefit Saint Mary’s. As a member of the Brother U. Albert Rahill Society, he joined others who are recognized and honored for providing for the College in their estate plans.

While Maurice never had the opportunity to experience Jan Term personally (it was established in 1970 long after he graduated), he was very passionate about the Jan Term program and the value of traveling and experiencing new things. In order to help students and honor his parents, Maurice established the Antonio, Clara and Maurice Alberti January Term Endowment. All proceeds from the endowment will benefit student scholarships for Jan Term travel. 

Maurice’s legacy will live on through the students who will get to experience international and domestic travel. The community will also benefit by viewing his personal art collection which will come to Saint Mary’s as well.