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JAIME ACEVEDO NAVAS

Death Notice
  • "Dear Acevedo Family, Please accept my deep sympathies, and..."
    - Ed Dalere
  • "Mis condolencias para esta gran familia que siempre..."
    - Adriana Rugeles y Familia
  • "Siento mucho la desaparación de jaime, quien fue un amigo..."
    - Víctor Aurelio Gómez


JAIME ACEVEDO NAVAS

Jaime Acevedo Navas of Chevy Chase, a retired economist for the World Bank, treasurer of Standard Oil affiliates Intercol and Intercor, and general manager for Esso Colombiana Investments, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2012, surrounded by dozens of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and their families. He was 84 years old. The undisputed patriarch of a large and vibrant family, Jaime was born in Bucaramanga, Santander, in Colombia, South America, on December 1, 1927. His parents were Luis Eduardo Acevedo Vargas, a politician and entrepreneur, and Mercedes Navas Serrano. His siblings, who preceded him in death, were Arturo, Cecilia, Guillermo and Augusto. Faith in God and respect for family were deeply instilled in him, and he worked throughout his life to pass those values on to all his descendants. In the years immediately following World War II, Jaime traveled to the U.S. to attend Birmingham-Southern University in Alabama, where he met-and successfully wooed-Mary Morgan Scott, whom he married on May 25th, 1950, on the day of their final exams. For the next 62 years, the couple forged a uniquely rich, colorful, and joy-filled life for their 14 children, that blended the traditions of Jaime's beloved homeland with the American and Southern traditions of Birmingham, where Mary was born. After he received his bachelor's degree, the newlyweds moved to New Orleans, where he earned a master's degree in economics from Tulane University and where the couple's first two children were born. From there, Jaime's long career as an economist brought their ever-expanding family to Barrancabermeja and Bogotá in Colombia, and to Falls Church, Virginia, before they settled in Washington, where the family enjoyed many memorable years at their lively home on Jenifer Street. After he retired from the World Bank, the couple moved to Bogotá, in 1984, where they spent many years enjoying their home and Jaime's homeland. They returned to Chevy Chase in 2004 to be closer to their growing family. During his retirement, Jaime, working together with Mary, collaborated with many others in the drafting of several texts on the genealogy of the Acevedo and other families, and he was able to trace his own family's ancestry to 11th century Portugal. His rigor in the documentation of primary genealogical sources led to his being recognized in multiple texts, including "Genealogies of Santa Fe de Bogotá." With his strong Catholic faith, keen sense of honor, probing mind, playful spirit, love of language, and deep respect for those who came before him, Jaime set a high tone for the family's way of life. In all things, he always sought to "do it right" the first time. Not least importantly, he was a true master of the magic of Christmas, a gift he gave every year to every member of his extended family. He showed special devotion to the Novena de Aguinaldos, a Colombian tradition celebrating the nine nights leading up to Christmas, and he initiated many other memorable customs that live on in the family. He was deeply loved, admired, and respected by all. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 11 of his 14 children and their families: Kendall Ashton, husband of the late Mary Ellen (Acevedo) Ashton, of Kensington, their children Paul and Michelle; Cecilia (Acevedo) Royals and her husband, Tom, of Chevy Chase, their children Rev. Andrew Francis Royals, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Washington, DC, Ellen Foster (Royals) Connolly and family, Ann Kathleen (Royals) Vitz and family, Thomas Joseph Royals and family, Mary Patricia, James Edward, Margaret, and John Paul; Jaynee (Finch) Acevedo, wife of the late Jaime Acevedo, of Kensington, their children James, William Harrison and Mary Elizabeth; Andrew William Acevedo of Chevy Chase; Mercedes (Acevedo) Bendeck and her husband, Nelson, of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, their children Tatiana Sofia, Nelson Zacaíras Bendeck Jr. and family, Mercedes María, Cecilia Elena, Eduardo Elias and Joanna Lydia; Walter Edward Acevedo of Wheaton, and his children Alexander Frederick, Christopher Jaime and María Isabela; Nancy (Acevedo) Shifter and her husband, Peter, of Bethesda and their children Lissa Marie, Andrew Phillip Shifter and family, Michael Arthur, Liliana and John Rafael; John Joseph Acevedo and his wife, Amparo, of Kensington and their children Ann Marie and Mary Joseph; Michael Anthony Acevedo and his wife, Cristina, of Miramar, Fla., and their children María Andrea and John Sebastian; Liliana (Acevedo) Shirvanian and her husband, Mehrdad, of Haymarket, and their children Dariush, Anahita and Ariana Zahra; Ralph Ignatius Acevedo and his wife, Jennifer, of Rockville, their children Charles Rafael and David James; Charles Arthur Acevedo and his wife, Johanna, of Fort Lauderdale; and Paul Augustus Acevedo of West Palm Beach, and his daughter María Camila. In all, he leaves 37 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a wide circle of extended family and friends whose lives were fortunate enough to intersect with his. The Mass of Christian Burial will be said Friday, August 3, at 1 p.m. at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, DC. Interment will be private. ADIOS, DON JAIME YOUR AMAZING LEGACY SHALL LIVE FOREVER


Published in The Washington Post from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2012
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