It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Hugo De Burgos, Associate Professor of Teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Department of Community, Culture, and Global Studies.
Dr. De Burgos leaves behind a rich legacy in teaching, mainly in the area of medical anthropology and wellness, where he shared anthropological perspectives with his students. Although focused on teaching, Dr. De Burgos continued his research and writing work, which covered a variety of topics in both Spanish and English, over the course of his distinguished career.
Dr. De Burgos arrived in Canada from El Salvador at the age of 18, but remained profoundly connected to his place of birth, contributing through numerous scholarly works and public dialogue over the course of 40 years. While in Canada, Dr. De Burgos contributed widely within the refugee, Latino, immigrant, and social justice communities. He was passionately political, and formed a wide and diverse community network, in part by drawing on his dazzling musical abilities, artistic talents, and passion for uniting people around a common cause.
Dr. De Burgos will be missed more than words can express. He was not only a valued member of our campus community, but a kind friend, loving partner and devoted father. Our thoughts are with Dr. De Burgos’ family and loved ones. We wish them strength during this difficult time.