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Longtime UTPA math professor dies following battle with cancer
Contact: Office of University Relations 956/381-2741
Posted: 10/12/2007
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The University of Texas-Pan American is sad to announce the passing of longtime professor of mathematics Dr. Miguel Paredes.

- Dr. Miguel Paredes

At this time UTPA would like to express their condolences to the Paredes Family in their time of sadness and grief. We ask the UTPA community (students, faculty and staff) to keep the family in their prayers and thoughts. Not only has the UTPA community lost a professor, but also a friend and warmhearted individual who impacted the lives of many UTPA students and those who he met along the way during his journey in life.

The following is a message to the UTPA community from the Paredes Family:

As many of you may know by now, our father, Dr. Miguel Paredes, passed away the morning of Oct. 11, 2007 after a yearlong battle with cancer. He spent the final hours of his life alongside his wife and four children. We thank all of our father's friends and colleagues for all of the prayers and well wishes we have received in the past months and especially in the last two days.

The following are the arrangements for our father. The public viewing will be Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 E. Canton Dr., east of Business 281 in Edinburg. The rosary will begin at 7 p.m. at the same location. The funeral will be Monday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1302 E. Champion in Edinburg. The burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg located on Richardson east of Expressway 281.

- Miguel Jr., Marcelo, Mario, Angelica & Sonia Paredes

Paredes came to UTPA in 1982 where he not only taught math, but also served as the director of the UTPA Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program, and the Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), a program that provided academic enrichment to countless Valley students year after year.

He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah-Salt Lake City in 1985, a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Utah-Salt Lake City in 1978, and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Chile in 1971.

Dr. Edwin LeMaster, dean of the College of Science and Engineering, said Paredes will be missed greatly by all who knew him professionally and personally.

"Dr. Paredes will be sorely missed because of his enthusiastic support of student scholarship and research," LeMaster said.

LeMaster said the College of Science and Engineering will be supporting the creation of the Dr. Miguel Paredes Endowed Research Scholarship Fund for Mathematics.

Contributions to the Dr. Miguel Paredes Endowed Research Scholarship Fund for Mathematics can be sent to The University of Texas-Pan American University Advancement, c/o Development Office, 1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg, Texas 75839. For more information on the scholarship fund, call 956/381-3361.