Thursday, November 22, 2012

David Wurfel (May 22, 1929-November 12, 2012)

With the passing of Dr. David Wurfel on the 12th of November 2012, the staff of the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center (UP TWSC) would like to convey their most deeply felt sympathy to Dr. Wurfel’s family, friends, and colleagues in this time of loss. Dr. Wurfel had given to the TWSC much generosity and support since its founding in 1977. Among his other notable contributions to TWSC, Dr. Wurfel had established a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of the Philippines that made possible the Violet Wurfel ASEAN Lecture Series (named after his mother). Since 2005, the lecture series on peace social justice, agrarian reform, environmental protection, human rights, and democracy has hosted lectures by experts in Southeast Asian studies. Dr. Wurfel had also written for Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies on the Philippine party-list system.

The TWSC looks back with gratitude to what Dr. Wurfel had shared with the Center and is firm in its commitment to continue his legacy of critical and committed scholarship on Southeast Asia, especially on the Philippines, a country that he no doubt loved—indeed, his fellow scholars have been unabashed in saying that he had been a true friend of the Filipino people.

A memorial of Dr. David Wurfel's life and work as an academic was held last 3 December 2012 at the Third World Studies Center Conference Area. Testimonials were given by Dr. Francisco Nemenzo, Dr. Joel Rocamora, Professor Felipe Miranda, Dr. Jose Abueva, and Dr. Eduardo C. Tadem--some of his friends and colleagues who had worked with him during the long years of his career as a revered academic.

Please click here for a playlist of the video recordings of the memorial.

Below are some of the photos taken during the event:

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