Vivian Delmonico

Vivian Ruth Delmonico (nee Lucas)

(1926- )

Vivian Delmonico is the author of several short stories, a novella (I'll Be Seeing You) and a novel (Myra Lost and Found).  She has written almost all her life, though most of it is in the form of journals or diaries.  She was born in Denver, Colorado, on October 5, 1926, and attended the University of Colorado for a couple of years.  She never completed her degree.  In December of 1949 she married Anthony (Tony) Delmonico and they, after he completed his degree at the University of Colorado (1951), moved to Salida, Colorado, where Tony taught biology at the Salida High School and coached the athletic teams.  In 1956 they moved back to Denver where Tony found employment at the Rocky Mountain News and at the Jewish Community Centers.  Vivian mostly raised her growing number of sons: Neal, Doug, Scott and Jeff.  Vivian's mother was Rose Lucas who was before her marriage Rose Herschkowitz.  Rose's father Emmanuel was one of the first Jewish immigrant to settle in Denver and one of the founders of the first synagogue in Denver.  This is where Vivian's sense of her Jewish identity and ancestry, so visible in her writings, comes from.  Eventually, Tony became Circulation Director of the Rocky Mountain News and then Circulation Director for the News' parent company, Scripps Howard in Cincinnati.  This allowed Tony and Vivian to travel the world and contributed much raw material for Vivian's novella and novel. 

Tony is now deceased and Vivian is living in a retirement home in Golden, Colorado.

Vivian Delmonico