(ANSA) – LANCIANO, 15 JUN – He trained generations of young people by teaching philosophy in high schools and History of Popular Traditions at the University of Chieti, a profound connoisseur and scholar of Abruzzo folklore, he was on the board of the Abruzzese Deputation of Homeland History and editor-in-chief of the Abruzzese magazine, founded in 1948, of which he was director from 1963 to 2000. Professor Emiliano Giancristofaro, journalist, historian, ethnologist and writer, passed away this morning at the hospital in Lanciano (Chieti), at the age of 84. On the evening of June 6, his birthday, he had suffered a stroke. In the 1960s he was co-founder of the first Abruzzo section of Italia Nostra and was regional president from 1994 to 2003. Together with Beniamino Rosati, Corrado Marciani and Antonino Di Giorgio he led popular opposition to the settlement of the petrochemical industry in Val di Sangro and the battle for the protection of the abbey of San Giovanni in Venere in Fossacesia and the Costa dei Trabocchi. In Lanciano he fought for the preservation of the historical and environmental heritage and of the Art Nouveau villas.

His literary production is rich. He collaborated with the ethnology magazine Lares and was editorial director of the Lancianese publishing house ‘Rocco Carabba’, promoting its rebirth. He donated his collection of audiovisual material on Abruzzo popular beliefs to the Municipal Library of Lanciano. He edited, with Ireneo Bellotta, the rare Writings of Alfonso Maria Di Nola, published in two volumes for the “Quaderni di Rivista Abruzzese” series.

His scholarly activity was awarded in 2005 by the Chieti Chamber of Commerce with the special recognition for “Loyalty to Work and Progress”, together with Sergio Marchionne (Fiat) and Renato Rossi (Sixty).

He leaves his wife Lucia and children Lia, professor of Cultural Anthropology at the D’Annunzio University of Chieti, and Enrico, journalist and historian, voice of the Telemax broadcaster. “On the evening of his birthday – says Enrico Giancristofaro – dad was very happy for the celebrations he received from his family, nephews and friends, then suddenly he fell ill”. (HANDLE).