On May 30, ARNA coordinators received word that Eduardo Flores, a founding member of ARNA and one of the five network initiators, had passed away on May 29 after a short illness. As recently as mid-April, Eduardo was planning on attending the inaugural ARNA Conference in San Francisco. Eduardo’s loss is keenly felt in ARNA, the larger action research community in the Americas, and in the educational research community in Mexico.
In notifying ARNA leadership of his passing, a close colleague in Mexico wrote of the great legacy he has left the educational research community in Mexico. Writing from Chihuahua, the colleague stated, “He fought hard for this arid land and installed innovative practices that have improved basic education in schools.” She went on to state that although “he lost the fight against cancer . . . he will rest in peace as a great teacher and researcher and will always live in our memories.”
Eduardo completed his doctoral studies at State University of New York – Buffalo in 1994, where his doctoral advisor was Susan Noffke (who also lost her fight with cancer three days later, on June 1). Eduardo was a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education of Tecnológico de Monterey from 1985-2011. During his last two years he was Professor at Universidad Autonomo de Chihuahua. Eduardo is survived by his wife, Eva Mendez, and three children. Our thoughts and prayers have been with the family since hearing of Eduardo’s passing.
ARNA has established a scholarship fund to honor Eduardo's legacy. For more information about the fund, please contact Shelly Yearly (email@example.com), chair of the Eduardo Flores Scholarship Committee. Contributions to the scholarship fund are tax-deductible in the USA and may be made via credit card using ARNA's secure payment portal hosted by Moravian College.
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