Obituary: Luis Fuentes, Professor Emeritus of Education

Luis Fuentes, 85, of Boqueron, Puerto Rico, professor emeritus of education, died May 9.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he was a graduate of Manual Training High School in Brooklyn.

From 1946-47, he served in the Marine Corps and later in the Marine Corps and Army reserves. He returned to active duty with the Army in 1952 during the Korean War.

He was a 1953 graduate of Georgia Teacher’s College, where he earned his teaching certificate. He went on to receive his master’s degree in education from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and a doctorate from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.

Prior to his appointment in the School of Education, he was an adjunct faculty member at William Paterson College in New Jersey and Fordham University, a community superintendent and principal in New York City, and a teacher and principal in schools in California, Georgia and New York.

He was a faculty member in the School of Education from 1977 until his retirement in 1992. At the School of Education, he was director of the Bilingual-Multicultural Education Professions Program.

He was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 1976-77 and a Fulbright lecturer in Colombia in 1986.

In 1993, he was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his leadership on issues including drug education, bilingual education and community involvement in schools.

He leaves his wife, Montserrate Reyes Ruiz, his children Louis, George, Patricia and David, and a sister.