Above, from left: IACC team member Francesca Bacci, Luciano Topi, IACC director Alessia Paolicchi, and Ilaria Topi.
It was with great sadness that the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce South-Central learned of the passing of Luciano Topi, one of the IACC’s founders and former presidents.
He died in Rome this week from complications from a long-term illness. He was 82. A beloved member of the Italian-America community in Texas and beyond, he is survived by his wife of many years, Ilaria.
Not only was Luciano a founder of the IACC, but he also served for many years as its president (preceding the current president, Brando Ballerini). At the time of his passing, he served as the chairman of its board.
After graduating from law school, Luciano obtained a master’s degree in international relations from John Hopkins University. Upon completion of his studies, he began working at IBM Italia before shifting his focus to chemical plant construction in Italy. He would later join the ENI group in Milan in the 1980s and ultimately become its international sales manager, a position that took him to Brussels, New York, and then finally to Houston where he became the president of Enichem America, a trading and manufacturing company based in Texas. In 2001, he left his position there to work as a consultant in the plastics and energy sectors. After his retirement, he returned to Italy where he continued to partner with the IACC on a number of projects.
Sit tibi terra levis, Luciano. You will be sorely missed.