Germino dies in train accident
By Katherine Jackson
L. Germino, 70, an internationally known political scientist and
professor emeritus of government
and foreign affairs, died May 25 in Amsterdam in a train accident.
joined the U.Va. faculty in 1968 as a member of the Center for
Advanced Studies and assistant dean in the College of Arts &
Sciences. He resigned from the deanship in 1984 and continued
teaching until 1997. Since his retirement from U.Va., he taught
at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and the University
of Bangkok in Thailand. In his career, he also lived and taught
in the Philippines, Italy, Germany and Great Britain.
in Durham, N.C., Germino earned masters and doctoral degrees
from Harvard University, and was an associate professor at Wellesley
College prior to coming to Virginia. He was a member of the Rockefeller
Foundation field staff, and a Rockefeller visiting professor at
the University of Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University.
He spent three years in the Philippines working on a Rockefeller
Foundation project to develop Filipino universities.
U.Va., he won the Z Societys Medallion for Distinguished
Teaching and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
chief research interests included political theory and Italian
politics. He wrote seven books and nearly 50 articles on the history
of political theory and Italian politics, and in 1980 organized
the first international Seminar for Philosophy and Political Theory
Modern Western Political Thought: Machiavelli to Marx (1972) developed
his concept of the open society. That idea became the subject
of an Italian conference he organized in 1972 for the Rockefeller
his 1982 book, Political Philosophy and the Open Society, he urged
political theorists and practitioners to become open to divine
reality. He advocated a renewed openness to spirituality
in political philosophy and political institutions.
books included Antonio Gramsci: Architect of a New Politics (1990),
The Inaugural Addresses of American Presidents: The Public Philosophy
and Rhetoric (1983), The Italian Fascist Party in Power (1959),
Beyond Ideology: The Revival of Political Theory (1967) and The
Government and Politics of Contemporary Italy (1968).
is survived by five children.
funeral service was held May 31 in Amsterdam. A U.Va. memorial
service will be held at a later date.