In Memory: Professor Silvio Rodriguez

On Jan. 24, the Pacific community was informed by provost, Maria Pallavicini, through e-mail that chemistry professor Silvio Rodriguez passed away. After suffering a hemorrhagic stroke, Professor Silvio Rodriguez passed away on Jan.17.


“The Chemistry department has lost Dr. Silvio Rodriguez, an outstanding scholar, teacher, individual, and friend.” commented Professor Andreas Franz, co-chair of the chemistry department, “As a professor, Silvio touched the lives of countless students and instilled in them the joy of learning and a true sense of professionalism. He was especially beloved as an instructor of general chemistry among freshmen and was the undisputed role model for teaching standards in the department.”


Professor Silvio Rodriguez was a distinguished individual among his peers, being the only faculty member to receive both the Faye and Alex Spanos Award and the Stephen E. Corson Award. After more than 38 years of teaching at the University of the Pacific, Professor Rodriguez touched the lives of both students and his colleagues from the chemistry department.

As of the writing of this article, an official service has not been announced, but the Pacific community will be informed when details be made available. For now, the family of Professor Silvio Rodriguez has requested that, instead of flowers, donations be made to the Little Angels Service Dogs, P.O. Box 219, Jamul, CA 91935. Please reference PM-RU-IS on all donations. Pacific mourns the loss of a member of our community and offer our condolences to those that were closest to Professor Silvio Rodriguez.

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