After a distinguished career as coordinator of foreign languages in the Fairfax County (VA) school system, Dr. Maria Wilmeth established and became the founding Director of the Italian Language Program of the Italian Cultural Society. Dr. Wilmeth envisioned in the Italian Language Program an organization that would provide an educational service to the Italian community in collaboration with the Education Office of the Embassy of Italy, and would serve as a welcoming venue for Americans wishing to learn the Italian language and about Italian culture in the Washington metropolitan area. In addition to establishing a role for the Italian Cultural Society as an Ente Gestore to manage Italian Embassy efforts in placing teachers of Italian in local schools and educating children of Italians planning to return to Italy, Dr. Wilmeth in collaboration with Prof. Roberto Severino of the Georgetown University Italian Department and others initiated a very successful program with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities to educate teachers from all over the United States in a several week program in Rome: “The Art of Teaching Italian through Italian Art”. Dr. Wilmeth received many honors for her work, both within the United States and from foreign governments, including from Japan. The Italian government honored her as Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della solidarietà italiana. Dr. Wilmeth retired from her post for health reasons after a brief illness.