Obituary: Enzo Grilli, 63, SAIS Professor of
Enzo Grilli, a professor whose ties to SAIS spanned
nearly 40 years, died of a heart attack on Oct. 28 in
Washington, D.C. He was 63.
Grilli, a native of Genoa, Italy, graduated in 1968
from the Bologna
Center, received his doctorate from
SAIS in 1975 and
joined the faculty in 1976 for two years as an adjunct
professor in the International Economics Program. He also
served as an adjunct professor from 1981 to 1982, 1986 to
1993 and 1995 to 1997.
In 1998, he was awarded a two-year appointment to
serve as the AGIP Chair in International Economics at the
Bologna Center. Most recently, he had been serving as
professor of international economics at the Washington
campus. Always a favorite of students, he won the Johns
Hopkins Alumni Association's Excellence in Teaching Award
in 1997 and 2001.
In addition to his academic roles at SAIS, Grilli had
a distinguished career working for international
organizations, the Italian government and several Italian
universities. During his professional years in Washington,
he held several leadership positions at the World Bank,
including serving as director of development policy and as
director of the economic advisory staff. He later
represented Italy and other constituency countries as
executive director on the boards of the International
Monetary Fund and World Bank. He also held a JD degree from
the University of Genova.
"Everyone who knew Professor Grilli valued his
warm-hearted friendship as well as his devotion to the
students of SAIS. He was a scholar, a teacher and a
wonderful human being. This is very sad news for the
school, where he will be deeply missed," said Dean Jessica
P. Einhorn in a letter informing the SAIS community of
Grilli's death. "From Washington and Bologna, our hearts go
out to his wife, Marlie, and two daughters, Vola and
A memorial service was held Wednesday at Blessed
Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington.
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