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.
The ARNA Coordinating Group has established a Scholarship Fund to honor Eduardo and his contributions to practitioner research and to education in general. The scholarship will be used to support dissemination of action research through presentations at the annual ARNA Conference by practitioners from Mexico and Latin America. Contributions can be sent to Joe Shosh, ARNA Treasurer, c/o Moravian College, Department of Education, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.