Pietro del Fabro ’67 and his wife Maria are frequent travelers to Europe, having visited Italy every year for more than four decades. After a trip to Berlin, they’d been considering exploring more of Germany. Then del Fabro picked up the Spring 2019 issue of the Pulteney Street Survey.
In the feature story about the history of Hobart and William Smith’s study abroad program, del Fabro read about Stephen Enos ’15, a biochemistry major who moved to Dresden to pursue graduate studies in molecular bioengineering at the Paul Langerhans Institute after spending a semester abroad in Leipzig.
del Fabro and his wife were interested in exploring Dresden, so he reached out to Alumni House for Enos’ contact information. “I was pleasantly surprised when Pietro reached out to me,” says Enos. He and del Fabro began a correspondence that included discussion of books about World War II, including Slaughterhouse Five.
del Fabro was interested in “understanding the beautiful mystery of another country,” he says, and offered to take Enos out to dinner in Dresden. When the del Fabros arrived in Dresden, Enos and his girlfriend Anna Kempe took them to the Pulverturm restaurant for “a proper Saxon meal,” says Enos. After, with lights illuminating the buildings, they went on an evening walking tour of the city that included the Frauenkirche church, the Semperoper opera house and Zwinger palace.
“There was such joy in our meeting,” says del Fabro. The two Hobart graduates spoke long into the evening about everything from their experiences on campus to travel and politics. “It was a lot of fun to be able to spend time with a couple who are so well traveled and so interested in visiting and learning about new things,” says Enos.
del Fabro, a history major at Hobart, was deeply moved by the look and feel of Dresden. A cultural center, it was considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world before it was “reduced to ash and rubble” during World War II, he says. The city has been rebuilt, “but you can still feel what happened when you go there.” Many of the stone buildings still show the burn marks of the catastrophic fires that destroyed the city.
del Fabro and Enos continue to stay in touch. Enos hopes to one day take a trip to Italy, where he will make use of del Fabro’s extensive knowledge of Italian food, art and culture. They hope to reunite next summer at Reunion, when Enos’ class will be celebrating its fifth reunion.