Biography of Armando Pedrini
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ARMANDO PEDRINI
One of the ranking figures in the Italian citizenship of San Francisco is Armando Pedrini, who is a member of the advisory committee and the executive vice president of the Bank of America National Trust & Savings Association, a man of influence and prominence in California banking affairs, and one who is representative of the very finest manhood which Italy has contributed to the United States.

Armando Pedrini was born in Bologna, Italy, November 30, 1870, and is a son of Innocenzo and Assunta (Righi) Pedrini. In the year 1890, he graduated from the Royal Technical Institute of Bologna, and in 1901 he arrived in California. From the days of his youth he had been inspired to come to America, of which land and its opportunities he had read much. He enjoyed the Racconti Californiani (California Narratives) by Bret Harte, famous writer of the frontier western country, and from the colorful stories of this author he conceived the ambition to be a cowboy. When he came to the United States, Mr. Pedrini was a qualified accountant, but he was seriously handicapped at first by his lack of knowledge of the English language. He first worked in the fruit orchards, then obtained a banking position under a two year contract with A. P. Giannini, and in 1904 became one of the founders of the Bank of Italy. During all this time, he studied English at night.

The rise of Mr. Pedrini with the tremendous banking organization with which he is connected has been consistent with the marked ability and talent he has shown in the conduct of the many duties which have been assigned to him. In addition to his position as executive vice president, he is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of the Bank of America National Trust & Savings Association; president of the Corporation of America; vice president and member of the executive committee and of the board of directors of the Transamerica Corporation; and a director of the Banca d'America e d'Italia of Rome, Italy. He is president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, and on two occasions, January to April, 1921, and January to February, 1923, he has served as acting consul general of Italy in San Francisco. He has been prominently active in cultural and educational matters tending to advance the best of Italian art and literature in American life and institutions. He is president of the committee for the endowment of a chair of Italian culture at the University of California, and he is president of the committee for the First Italian Book Exhibition in San Francisco. He is a vice president of the San Francisco branch of the Italy-America Society, and treasurer of the Pan-American Society, Incorporated, of San Francisco. He was decorated as a grand officer of the Crown of Italy in 1929, and received a gold medal for distinguished service in behalf of Italian culture.

Mr. Pedrini was married June 15, 1912, to Miss Inez Siccardi of San Francisco, and they have a beautiful country home in Oak Glen Park, Los Gatos, California, where he finds keen pleasure in his garden, his flowers, and in his extensive and well selected library.

In politics, Mr. Pedrini has accorded his support to the republican party. He is an honorary member of the Pi Mu Iota fraternity, and belongs to the Commonwealth Club, the Olympic Club, the Sierra Club, the Commercial Club, and Il Cenacolo. The citizenship of Mr. Pedrini is a distinct asset to the city of San Francisco and a credit to the country which gave him to the United States. He has consistently shown an enthusiastic spirit of cooperation in community activities, and has won hosts of friends by his democratic personality.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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