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Muere Carlos Bousoño

Gran poeta y estudioso de la literatura



El académico asturiano, que tenía 92 años, fue premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras


Carlos Bousoño, fallecido el sábado en Madrid a los 92 años, era un hombre que sonreía. Cuando en los últimos tiempos acudía acompañado de Ruth, su esposa, a la lectura de algún amigo en la Residencia de Estudiantes, sonreía incluso a aquellos a quienes, perdido en las tinieblas de la memoria, ya no reconocía. Era un escritor serio que sonreía. Las sucesivas ediciones de su poesía reunida -la última la publicó Tusquets en 1998- llevaron siempre el mismo título que su segundo libro: Primavera de la muerte. No en vano, la tensión entre lo que florece y lo que perece atraviesa la obra de un autor que, como su amigo Vicente Aleixandre (cuyo archivo heredó), dedicó tantos esfuerzos a escribir sus versos como a leer los de sus contemporáneos.


Nacido en 1923 en Boal, un concejo del occidente asturiano, Bousoño se estrenó en 1945 con Subida al amor, el primero de una decena de libros que le sitúan entre la primera generación de la posguerra (la de José Hierro y José María Valverde) y el grupo de los años cincuenta (el de sus amigos Francisco Brines y Claudio Rodríguez). "Hice de la angustia mi casa”, escribió sobre la etapa existencial de su poesía, que se movió desde el sentimiento religioso hacia la meditación metafísica al tiempo que sintetizaba las lecciones del realismo con el vuelo del irracionalismo.


En 1967, publicó un título clave, Oda a la ceniza (Premio de la Crítica). En él se leen versos como estos: "Más allá de esta rosa e impulsando su sueño, / paralelo, invertido / hay un mundo, y un hombre / que medita, como yo, a la ventana. / Y cual yo en esta noche, con estrellas al fondo, / mientras muevo mi mano, / alguien mueve su mano, con estrellas al fondo, / y escribe mis palabras / al revés, y las borra”. Su incursión en la metapoesía no hacía más que unir al Bousoño poeta con el Bousoño profesor, que en 1952 había publicado Teoría de la expresión poética, el ensayo que avivó el debate entre poesía como comunicación o como conocimiento. Fue premio Nacional, de la Crítica y príncipe de Asturias. No perdió la sonrisa. En uno de sus primeros libros él mismo se retrataba así: "Alegre soy: mi alma está desnuda. / ¡Vedla dorada por el sol!”. Puro Bousoño.


Published by El Pais October 24, 2015



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Ruth Bennett

Ruth L. Bennett passed away on November 20, 2015 in New York City where she was born, raised, and lived her entire life. There are many AATSP members and former officers who were encouraged and mentored by Ruth who served as a role model for many decades.

In addition to her career as a faculty member at Queens College in New York City, Ruth had a stellar presence in numerous AATSP activities.  She was the first Coordinator of AATSP Chapter Activities on the national level, was instrumental in bringing career education to the forefront in the AATSP annual meetings and workshops, and worked closely with the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the Education Office first began to work with the AATSP.

Ruth served as AATSP President in 1990 and continued to serve the organization on the Executive Council and as a frequent presenter at the annual conference. She was also very active within the Metropolitan New York AATSP Chapter.  

Ruth's health had been declining for the past several years; she would have celebrated her 92nd birthday on December 18th, 2015. 


Edra Staffieri


At 94, Edra Staffieri passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Marquette Manor Health Center, Indianapolis. She was born on May 2, 1921 to Ercole and Augusta Staffieri in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. She grew up in DuBois, Pennsylvania with her two brothers George and Frank Staffieri, who preceded her in death. After graduating from Penn State DuBois , she taught French, Spanish and English composition at her alma mater.  She briefly taught at McDowell High School in Erie, PA, and then moved to Indianapolis and taught the advanced Spanish courses at North Central High School for 36 years. Not only was Edra in charge of the IU Honors Program for three years in the nineties, but she also taught Spanish and Italian and coordinated the Spanish Resource Center at IUPUI.

Edra, a lifelong learner, was devoted to her students and fellow world language teaching colleagues alike. She served in many capacities over the years including:  the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers' Association, both the executive council (1993) and the Indiana Chapter of the Amercian Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Indiana Chapter of Network for Early Language Learners, La Gaceta International, and Washington Township Schools Foundation. Among her numerous honors in these organizations, she was recognized as one of the Disney Channels outstanding teachers of 1994, and also received the AATSP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Edra was a very active member of St. Luke Catholic Church serving as a Eucharistic Minister at the Saturday 5:30 p.m. masses as well as volunteering for St. Vincent de Paul.

Quite simply, her professional and personal lives were centered on serving others either in the classroom, or in the community. Her diverse travel experiences contributed to her profession on an international level. Her talents and mentoring skills will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched throughout the state and country. Edra is survived by her niece, Mariana Van Meter (Mark) of Chandler, Arizona, two great-nieces, Mercedes, Malise and one great-nephew, Monty.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at her family burial plot in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions may be given to the Indianapolis Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 3001 E. 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46218. Contributions may also be sent to Judith Carlstrand, AATSP Treasurer, Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Drive, Franklin, IN  46131. Arrangements are entrusted to Leppert Mortuary. To share thoughts with the family please visit:             

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 4, 2015 


Roma Hoff

Eau Claire, WI

Roma Hoff died peacefully at home on August 28, 2015 at age 89. Her life was highlighted by worldwide travel, leadership and cultural contributions in the field of world language education, commitment to her church and other favorite organizations, and dedication to her family.

She was born on May 4, 1926 in Madison, WI to William and Esther (Hansen) Borst. She spent her childhood and adolescence in Brooklyn, WI, but through the books of adventurer Richard Halliburton she experienced travel vicariously. As a young girl she undertook a correspondence with his father, Wesley Halliburton, becoming his "adopted granddaughter" and enjoying a correspondence until his death at age 96.

Roma graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1944 as class salutatorian and class president. During her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison she studied journalism, editing the weekly Brooklyn Teller newspaper and winning two Sigma Delta Chi journalism awards. Her passion then turned to Spanish after being introduced to the language and Hispanic cultures by such master teachers as Professors Lloyd Kasten, Eduardo Neale-Silva, Roberto Sánchez, and Luis Crespo. Early teaching experiences included serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant and teaching one year at Edgerton High School. Her graduate studies were also at UW – Madison, culminating in a PhD in Education and Spanish in 1956 and then work in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as a lecturer.

Roma's life in this period also included international travel and stints of living abroad. Her first two trips to Europe were to Spain, where she spent the summers of 1949 and 1950. Through a stroke of good fortune she was invited to serve as tour director for Eur-Cal Travel's (University of California – Berkeley) 88-day grand European tours during six summers, 1952 to 1957. She taught on the island of Aruba for Standard Oil between master's and doctoral studies, and she studied in Madrid in 1954-55 on a Fellowship from the Institute of International Education.

In 1958 she was married to Donald E. Hoff, M.D. at St. Paul's University Chapel in Madison, WI and moved to Eau Claire, where her husband practiced at the Midelfort Clinic. Roma and Don were blessed with 57 years of marriage. In her initial years in Eau Claire she dedicated her time to her role as wife and mother of Peter, Anne, and Paul. When the children were older, the family began to travel, including memorable trips to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, and to Germany and Switzerland, where her husband shared his heritage and family connections. Roma enjoyed seeing her children study and live in other cultures. Peter teaches Spanish at UW – Whitewater, speaks many languages, and advises students on study abroad. Anne studied and worked in Japan for 15 years before moving to Maui, HI, and later Seattle, WA, where she practices Rolfing Structural Integration. Paul is Professor of Spanish at UW – Eau Claire and a veteran staff member at the Concordia Language Villages (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN). Roma took great pleasure in seeing Paul marry Nuria Ibarrechevea Deó of Spain, who also teaches Spanish at UW – Eau Claire; and she also welcomed into the family Peter's partner Paul Patenaude, whose international adventures include foreign medical missions and hiking the St. James pilgrimage routes in Spain and France. Roma's life was lit up by grandchildren Clara, Ana, and Alex, who nicknamed her "Nomi," and they too are growing up multicultural and multilingual. Roma hopes to be remembered in the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum as "Wife of Don; Mother of Peter, Anne, and Paul; and Grandmother of Clara, Ana, and Alex."

Roma returned to teaching Spanish at the then Wisconsin State University – Eau Claire in 1965. Besides teaching several generations of world language educators, she authored dozens of articles, gave papers and workshops, and had hundreds of color slides published. Starting in 1974 she organized Spanish Travel Seminars, the university's nearly annual offering for students and interested members of the community. These took participants on three-week summer trips through Spain, often including other locales such as Portugal, Morocco, France, and the Canary Islands. After first visiting Central America in 1975, she also nurtured growing interest in that region by organizing tours to Costa Rica, the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, and Belize. She helped establish the UW – Eau Claire study abroad program at the Universidad de Valladolid (Spain) and eight times directed the Madrid orientation for the groups.

The trips Roma led were true cultural exchanges. Tour participants met the Hoffs' friends in these countries, visited their homes and shops, and got off the beaten path to experience the cultures close-up. Travel occurred in both directions, and the Hoff residence became home to people from many countries over the years as friends visited Eau Claire or came to UW – Eau Claire to perform – the case of Blanca Bartos, a Czechoslovakian lutenist; Joaquín Díaz, a Spanish guitarist and folk singer; and Feliciano y Salva, Spanish folk musicians. The depth of these exchanges intensified in 1986 when Roma was named cultural adviser for the first CAMPUS (Central American Program for Undergraduate Scholars) group of 16 young people from various countries in Central America who came to study at UW – Eau Claire. They were followed by four more groups, 72 students in all, who called Don "Papa Hoff" and Roma, well, just "Roma," which backwards spells amor – Spanish for "love."

Roma was many times honored for the passion and dedication that characterized her career. In 1985 she was named Distinguished Foreign Language Educator of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (now Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers). In 1989 she received the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages – National Textbook Company award for developing Community Interest in Foreign Languages. In 1990 she was named Outstanding Teacher of Spanish – College-University Level by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. In 1991 she received the Founders Award of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The UW-EC Center for International Education and the Honors Week Steering Committee honored her on campus, and the national office of Sigma Delta Pi, national Hispanic honor society, gave her its Premio de Mérito in 1992. In 1993 the North Central Council of Latinamericanists gave her its Award of Merit for Promoting an Awareness of the Countries, Peoples and Cultures of Latin America. In that same year she won UW – Eau Claire's Excellence in Teaching Award and subsequently was Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade, "cover girl" on The View and speaker at the August 1994 graduation.

Roma served as adviser to the UW-EC chapter of Sigma Delta Pi for 30 years and the chapter won six national awards between 1987 and 1994. She saw 448 students initiated into the local chapter, which sponsored many cultural programs for the university and the community.

While serving as President and Secretary of Phi Kappa Phi, she and Dr. Ormsby Harry were co-founders of Honors Week in 1972, and she remained active on the Steering Committee each year. She served again as President in 1999-2000. She was an honorary member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Eta Sigma (the men's freshman honor society).

Roma was also active in various endeavors with her husband. The Hoffs were charter members of the Newman Parish, where Roma served as a reader for many years. Their long-time commitment to the Concordia Language Villages earned them a place on the National Advisory Board and the Soli Deo Gloria award. The road to the new Spanish Village has been named for her: Paseo de Roma. In 2000 Roma and Don were recognized for their lifetime of dedication to UW – Eau Claire international students.

In retirement Roma continued to lead travel tours abroad (including seven Alumni Association cruises) and to travel with her husband and various family members. As foreign travel became unfeasible, she enjoyed hearing of the adventures of her children and grandchildren; participating in events closer to home at the Newman Parish and the Concordia Language Villages; and receiving visits from friends and former students. She felt that her life was a great trip!

A funeral mass for Roma will take place at the Newman Parish (110 Garfield Avenue) at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 5, 2015, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and special music at 11:40 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Concordia Language Villages (for the "El Lago del Bosque Museo-Tienda fund"), 901 8th St. S., Moorhead, MN 56562, or the Roma Hoff Scholarship (Valladolid, Spain study) at the UW – Eau Claire Foundation, Schofield Hall 214, UW – Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 54702.

David J. Viera, 72
June 9, 1943 - September 11, 2015

Dr. David John Viera, age 72, a resident of Oak Ridge, passed away, September 11, 2015, at NHC of Oak Ridge.

Dr. Viera was born June 9, 1943 in Warren, Road Island. 

Dr. Viera received his bachelor’s degree from Providence College in Education-Foreign Languages. He graduated with a master’s degree in Spanish and a doctorate in Iberian Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. During his graduate studies he received diplomas from the Universities of Barcelona, Lisbon, and Coimbra. His scholarship led him on numerous and extensive travels to the Azores, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Canada and Great Britain. 

Dr. Viera has published more than ninety articles, six books and twenty five book reviews on Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and Italian language and literature, as well as English as a second language and Portuguese immigration to the United States. He is also an expert on Iberian culture. 

Dr. Viera ranks as an internationally recognized authority on the literary works of the 14th century Franciscan priest Francesc Eiximenis, a major philosopher and medieval writer, and Valencian friar and renowned preacher Vincent Ferrer. 

One of three scholars in North America engaged in extensive research on Eiximenis, Dr. Viera was honored with the Ferran Soldevila Prize, a rare award given by the Salvador Vives Casajuana Foundation in Barcelona for his book, "An Annotated Bibliography of the Life and Works of Francesc Eiximenis.”

A first-generation Portuguese-American, Dr. Viera collaborated with other scholars to update Leo Pap’s authoritative source for researchers on Portuguese in the United States. Dr. Viera’s supplement to Pap’s work took 14 years to research and write.

Other widely recognized works by Dr. Viera include the pioneering "Medieval Catalan Literature: Prose and Drama.” He also co-edited "English in Specific Settings,”a collection of articles dealing with teaching English to university students of business, economics, computer science, nursing, medicine and the physical sciences. 

"He is a prolific researcher, a fine teacher and a superb colleague in the area of humanities,” said Phillip J. Campana, professor of German.

"He is one of the rare members of the teaching profession who combines immense knowledge with humble bearing.” said Peter Cocozzell, professor of Spanish at State University of New York at Binghamton.

Dr. Viera is preceded in death by his parents: John Viera who was killed in action in World War II, and by his mother Josephine Viera. 

Dr. Viera is survived by sons, John M. Viera and Robert Hampton Viera, by daughter in law, Megan Viera, by sister, Diane Viera Giggey, by nieces, Dana Giggey Pappas and Joanne Giggey Cherian, by granddaughters, Madeline Viera and McKinley Viera. Dr. Viera is also survived by a cousin, Eugene Barboza and wife Beverly Barboza, by friends, Evelyn Collopy and Marie Overstreet, by brother in law, Richard E. Giggey.

Receiving of friends will be held, Tuesday, September 15th between the hours of 6:00pm & 8:00pm in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Wednesday, September 16th at 1:00pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oak Ridge. Burial will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens. Sharp Funeral Home is serving the Viera family and we invite you to share your messages and condolences at


John M. Fein, 92

1922 - 2015


PORTLAND - Dr. John M. Fein, 92, died at home on August 18, 2015 in Portland. He was born on Dec. 23, 1922 to Louis and Lola Fein in East Chicago, Indiana. He married his high school sweetheart, Lucyle Blumenthal, in 1946, a marriage that lasted 53 years until her death in 1999.

He received his B.A, magna cum laude, from Harvard in 1944, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1950, moving into a long and distinguished career as a faculty member (Spanish and Latin American Studies) and administrator at Duke University. He served three terms as Chair of the Department of Romance Languages, and also a term as Vice Provost and Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke, and published two important books and many articles on Latin American literature.

He was awarded a Fulbright Lectureship to Chile, and also held visiting appointments at several institutions including Indiana University, Stanford, and Dartmouth. Throughout his teaching career and well into retirement he maintained a passionate love of literature. His other interests included travel, contemporary Latin American art, and gardening. He had a special love for the family summer house on Thompson Lake in Maine, the site of many happy family reunions. He will be especially missed and remembered for his wit, sense of humor, intelligence, as well as the encouragement he generously shared with his children and grandchildren, and the pride he took in their achievements.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucyle, and his brother, George. He is survived by son, David, and wife, Rita, of Greensboro, N.C., his daughter, Judith, of Durham, N.C., daughter, Jody, and husband, Robb of West Gray and daughter, Laurie, and husband, Dave, of Portland; as well as grandchildren, Aaron, Dana, Margot, Sarah, Nathan, Jack, and Luisa, and six great-grandchildren.

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