Fred DiLucci was born in Fitchburg, MA on August 12, 1922 to Vincent and Mary (Padula) DiLucci. Fred graduated from Fitchburg High School and in 1942, he enlisted in the US Army. DiLucci participated in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, and the Ardennes. DiLucci’s battalion arrived at Normandy one month after the Allied invasion. He received a bronze star and distinguished unit badge and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Prior to entering the service, DiLucci had begun attending the New England Conservatory but his studies were interrupted when he was drafted. After leaving the service, DiLucci returned to New England Conservatory, earning a degree in Public School Music in 1948. While at NEC, he studied with Francis Findlay and was a member of the orchestra (1942, 1947-1948), Neume board (1947-1948), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (1946-1948), serving as its Warden in 1947-1948.
DiLucci worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service for many years. He was also active in the music field for over 60 years. DiLucci was a violist in the Thayer Symphony Orchestra for 15 years. He was also a member of the Fitchburg Lodge of Elks #847 from 1950-1980 and was a longtime parishioner of St. Anthony de Padua Church.
DiLucci passed away on October 4, 2008 at the Health Alliance Leominster Hospital.
The DiLucci collection consists of one flat manuscript box (10 folders) containing paper materials, photographs, and artifacts.
This collection of papers, photos, and memorabilia was donated to the NEC Archives in July 2009, after DiLucci’s death in October 2008. The donation was carried out by DiLucci’s attorney, Christine M. Tree, of Fitchburg, MA.
Access to the DiLucci Collection is granted by the Archivist. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. There are no restrictions pertaining to this collection.
All copyrights to this collection belong to the New England Conservatory. Permission to publish materials from this collection is granted by the Director of Libraries. This collection should be cited as Fred J. DiLucci Collection, New England Conservatory Archives, Boston, MA.
Scope & Content
Fred DiLucci’s collection is organized into these six series:
- NEC Library Gifts
- Newspaper articles
The Awards folder contains the citation for DiLucci’s bronze star, as well as documentation of the Medal of the Region and the Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty. This folder also contains a copy of DiLucci’s honorable discharge certificate as well as another certificate congratulating DiLucci for his forty-fifth anniversary as an NEC graduate of the Class of 1948.
The Documents folder contains his honorable discharge papers, a copy of his birth certificate, documentation of his name change, a copy of his will, and an appraisal of his viola, conducted in 1988.
The NEC Library gifts folder documents purchases of music manuscript facsimile editions that were made for the Spaulding Library using Fred DiLucci’s generous donation of $10,000 in 1999. Also contained is an NEC publication which discusses the gift, as well as the correspondence documenting the donation of this collection.
The newspaper articles, published in a local paper, highlight Fred DiLucci’s life as well as his involvement with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra.
The photographs series is organized by subject and includes: photos from Milan, Italy; military-related photos; music related photos, both solo and ensemble photos; NEC related photos (including a panoramic photo from the NEC Annual banquet in 1948); and miscellaneous photos.
Lastly, artifacts include DiLucci’s military service medals, including his bronze star; other pins, and his trademark bow tie.
Folder 1 – Awards
Folder 2 – Documentation
Folder 3 – NEC
Folder 4 – Newspaper articles
Folder 5 – Photographs, Milan, Italy
Folder 6 – Photographs, Military – related
Folder 7 – Photographs, Musical, Solo
Folder 8 – Photographs, Musical, Ensemble
Folder 9 – Photographs, NEC – related
Folder 10 – Photographs, Miscellaneous
Envelope - Artifacts