Associate professor of Spanish Eufemia Sanchez de la Calle passed away on Thursday night after a car accident in Madrid, Spain. Sanchez de la Calle was completing the second year of a two-year commitment as the resident director of the Marquette en Madrid program. She had taught at Marquette since 1990. Sanchez de la Calle worked as resident director in Madrid for a total of nine years during her time here at Marquette and was a beloved member of our community.
When asked about what she likes about working as resident director, Sanchez de la Calle explained, “What I like the most is to be in close contact to the students.” She was a strong believer in study abroad, “In my opinion, few other experiences in life can have such a positive impact in a student as studying abroad. It is a life-changing experience that gives them the ability to view the world, and its issues from different perspectives.” Sanchez de la Calle wrote two books, a biography of Spanish novelist Isaac Montero and an elementary/intermediate level Spanish language textbook, and she was a role model, mentor and teacher to countless students. She was 57 and is survived by four brothers and four nieces and nephews in Spain.
Her funeral was held on Friday in her hometown of Cáceres, Spain and memorial services will be held at the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Information on a Marquette memorial service will be announced in News Briefs. Community Support Meetings coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Ministry will be held for all interested students and faculty on Wednesday, October 3 from 4-5 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m. in the Office of International Education Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor. We are also currently collecting photos of students with Dr. Sanchez de la Calle to share with her family. If you have any photos, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The eleven students currently studying abroad in Madrid were quickly notified last week and have been offered support from a grief therapist.
Dr. Anne Pasero, chair of foreign languages and literatures and previous resident director of the Marquette en Madrid program, is in Madrid to offer further support to Marquette students. Dr. Eufemia Sanchez de la Calle will be deeply missed.
September 28, 2012