Paul F. Cardaci Jr., 73, a comparative literature professor at Georgetown University from
1969 until his retirement in 2001, died July 19 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in
During his tenure at Georgetown, Dr. Cardaci was the director of a program for minority
students and taught in the university's semester-abroad program in Florence, Italy. From
1999 to 2001, he acted as Georgetown's liaison between professors and students.
Paul Francis Cardaci Jr., was born in Haverstraw, N.Y., and moved to the Washington
region in the mid-1940s. He was a 1954 graduate of St. John's College High School in
He received a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy in 1959, a master's degree in
American studies in 1963 and a doctorate in comparative literature in 1972, all from the
University of Maryland.
From 1959 to 1962, he taught at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville before working for
the University of Maryland's overseas program in Germany, teaching English and writing to
dependents of government employees.
In 1999, he received Georgetown University's Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty
He volunteered with Hospice of the Chesapeake in Annapolis and had been on the board of
directors of Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro.
He was a member at St Paul's Moravian Church in Upper Marlboro.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Hildegard "Hildy" Brandauer Cardaci of Annapolis;
two sons, Michael D. Cardaci of Annapolis and Christopher P. Cardaci of Washington; a
sister; and two brothers.
-- Lauren Wiseman