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Current Year Obituaries


Nicanor Parra

(September 5, 1914 - January 23, 2018)

A los 103 años ha muerto este martes el poeta, matemático, físico y académico chileno Nicanor Parra. El deceso del premio Cervantes 2011, una de los mayores leyendas de la literatura hispanoamericana del siglo XX, se ha producido de madrugada. Hermano mayor de una familia de genios, como la cantautora y artista Violeta Parra, el autor de Poemas y antipoemas pasó sus últimos años de vida en su casa de la localidad costera de Las Cruces, a unos 120 kilómetros de la capital chilena. Su muerte, sin embargo, ha ocurrido en su hogar del municipio de La Reina, en Santiago.

Read Parra's complete obituary in the New York Times and in El País.



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Current Year Obituaries


Dr. James Ray Chatham

(11 November 1931 - 12 August 2019)


Dr. James Ray Chatham, 87, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019.  A Memorial Service will be 2pm Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 105 N. Montgomery St, Starkville, MS 39759.

James Ray Chatham was born in Caryville, FL on November 11, 1931, to Clifton Lee Chatham and Sadie Mae McMinn Chatham.  He was a parishioner at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville, MS. 

Dr. Chatham was department head of Foreign languages at Mississippi State University from 1964-1983 and Executive Director at The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese from 1984-1993.  After his retirement he taught at MUW in Columbus and EMCC for many years. 

He enjoyed taking walks, seeing the beauty of large bodies of water and watching birds.

Survivors include his daughter, Stephanie (Joey) Engelman; sister, Joyce Purdue; grandchildren, Amanda Allen, Sarah (Tyler) Weeks and Alexander Allen; and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina McCoy Chatham; parents, Clifton and Sadie Chatham and brothers, Phillip Chatham and Thomas Chatham. 

Click here for service details. 



Joseph V. Ricapito

(30 October 1933 – 29 November 2018)


El pasado jueves 29 de noviembre falleció el Dr. Joseph V. Ricapito, miembro de número de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua España y profesor emérito de la Louisiana State University, donde tuvo a su cargo las cátedras de Siglo de Oro y de Literatura Italiana. El Dr. Ricapito –doctorado por la Universidad de California, Los Ángeles— era Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana (1988) y Miembro Honorario Asociado de la Hispanic Society of America. 


Entre sus numerosas publicaciones destacan su edición crítica de La vida de Lazarrillo de Tormes (1986); Alfonso de Valdés. Dialogue of Mercury and Charon (1986); Rediscovering America 1492-1992. National, Cultural, and Disciplinary Boundaries Re-examined (1992); Diálogo de Mercurio y Carón (edición crítica, 1993); Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares: Between History and Creativity (1996); Consciousness and Truth in Don Quijote (2007). 


También son importantes sus numerosos artículos en revistas como Romanic Review, Kentucky Romance Quarterly, Romance Philology, Romanische Forschungen, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Cuadernos Hispano-Americanos, Hispanic Journal, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Anales Cervantinos, y Journal of Hispanic Philology, entre muchas otras.



Fernando del Paso

(1 April 1935 – 14 November 2018)


Dr. Mirtha Toledo

(23 March 1935 – 26 September 2018)


Dr. Mirtha Toledo was born on March 23, 1935 in Santa Clara, Cuba to Zoila and Eulogio Toledo and passed away peacefully at the VNA Hospice in Valparaiso, IN on September 26, 2018.  She was 83.  Mirtha's professional preparation and employment were marked by two separate fields in two different countries.  In Cuba, Mirtha earned a doctorate degree in Law at Villanova University in Havana. Upon immigrating to the United States, she obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Indiana State University, with PhD work through Indiana University.  In 1964, she began her teaching career at Valparaiso University, achieving the rank of Associate Professor. Her areas of expertise were Peninsular Literature and Latin American History. After 36 years of university teaching, she retired in 2000. Dr. Toledo was a lifetime member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, serving on that organization's Board of Directors from 1988-1990, participating in many committees, and working as the primary reviewer of the National Spanish Examinations from 1997 until her death. All those who knew Mirtha will remember her perfectionism, thoroughness, and demanding exactitude, especially on points of Spanish grammar and Cuban politics.  Mirtha had a passion for travel which was only eclipsed by the love of her close friends who became her chosen family.  As per Mirtha’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral.


 Laurie Piña

 (4 February 1953 – 1 September 2018)


Laurie was born in NY, NY to William and Rose Ann Norwin on February 4, 1953.  For over 30 years she was a dedicated teacher at Rockland Community College.  However, her greatest joy was ensuring the happiness of all those around her.  Her contagious laughter and smile could light up any room and her kindness was extended to anyone with whom she crossed paths. Laurie is survived by her husband, Gerardo, daughter Mariel (partner Eva) and one surviving cat, Zurina.  She is also survived by her sister, Wendy (Wayne) Zeilner and brother, Mitchell (Joan) Norwin, niece, Alyssa and nephew, Kevin as well as cousin, Paul (Azalea/Jacob) Heyman.  Her sister-in-law and family (Maruja/Jose Antonio/Gerardo/Margarita) will also remember her.  She is preceded in death by her mother Rose Ann (Heyman) and father, William Norwin and uncle Richard (aunt Sulamita) Heyman as well as numerous cats (including Melibeo, Little Boy, Kiri and Malika), all whom were lucky to have her love.In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Hi Tor Animal Shelter (, 65 Fireman’s Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY 10970) or the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research,, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797).


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