Julius Rivera was born December 4, 1917 in Timaná, Colombia and lived a full life until his death on February 19, 2014. His wife, Linda Gerstenberger Rivera, and children Lisa Rivera (Kumar Amin), Julian Rivera (Melanie Gantt), and Marcos Rivera were by his side during a brief and merciful final illness at home. Four granddaughters brought joy to his life: Lakshmi Amin, Lekha Amin, Liliana Rivera, and Lola Rivera. His surviving brother is Carlos Enrique Rivera of Timaná. Celebrated as a scholar of integrity, Dr. Rivera was a Professor Emeritus at The University of Texas at El Paso. His contributions to the fields of sociology and anthropology are reflected in numerous publications including editions of Latin America: A Sociocultural Interpretation and a collection of his poetry, Poemas y Evocación. An eloquent supporter of justice, his life's work brought opportunity for students to view the world as critical thinkers and intelligent citizens. Instrumental in establishing the Lifelong Learning program at UTEP he was a sustaining contributor through his 80s and embraced new ideas even in the final days of his life. Widely travelled, Julius was a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile, and served the National Science Foundation in various capacities as well as organizations committed to peace across the world. In honor of his appreciation for libraries and librarians, donations may be made to The University of Texas at El Paso Library, 500 West University, El Paso, 79902. A memorial service will be held at Remembrance Gardens in Austin at two in the afternoon on April 18, 2014. Memories are shared at www.JuliusRivera.com.
Published in El Paso Times from Mar. 1 to Mar. 8, 2014