William Fernando Callejo-Borges(1926 - 2014)

William Fernando Callejo-Borges William Fernando Callejo-Borges returned home to God and to the love of his life, Adelfa Callejo, on May 10, 2014. Born March 14, 1926 in New York City, he was preceded in passing by his father, Fernando Callejo y Correa and his beloved mother, Maria Teresa Borges y Delgado. His parents were born in Puerto Rico and met in New York City. His father was an engineer for the Port Authority of New York and his mother was a businesswoman. The Fernando Callejo High School in Manati, Puerto Rico is named after Bill's paternal grandfather Fernando Callejo y Ferrer, a musician, composer, and author of "Musica y Musicos Portorriquenos," published in 1915. Bill was the consummate son, husband, brother, and uncle who adored his mother, wife and family. Generous to a fault, he remained in the background and generated wealth so that Adelfa could serve as a dedicated advocate for the Hispanic community. Together they actively debated political strategies that resulted in extraordinary successes. He was fearless in expressing his opinions regardless of the audience or venue. For Bill, education, tenacity, politics and love of family were inextricably intertwined. Bill Callejo had extraordinary intellect and vigorously encouraged everyone he met to pursue education. He attended high school with Alan Greenspan and they were lifelong friends. He was an engineer, architect, real estate broker, a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. After securing his professional degrees, he graduated from the SMU Dedman School of Law in two and a half years and became an attorney. An active philanthropist, Bill donated $1,000,000.00 to the Dedman School of Law for the establishment of the Adelfa Callejo Leadership Institute. Blessed with absolute brilliance, discussing mathematical equations, calculus, chemistry, astronomy and quantum physics brought him tremendous joy. He loved his brother, Ricardo Callejo, who was an attorney in San Francisco for over 35 years. He held in high regard his niece, Franchesca, attended her 1979 graduation from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall Law School and was proud she has had her own legal practice in San Francisco. Bill was fascinated by the power of politics and at the age of eight began working in political campaigns. He served as a Page in the New York Assembly and worked in voter registration. Upon meeting Adelfa in San Francisco, California, powerful political forces united. Together, they approached political obstacles with profound tenacity. Both were fearless, opinionated, and relentless in their commitment to represent those who could not defend themselves. Bill's legacy is perpetually tied to Adelfa's. Adelfa gave Bill full credit for her success in the world of advocacy. Bill was a Co-Founder of Mexican American Democrats and Tejano Democrats. He served on the State Democratic Executive Committee, was a lifetime member of LULAC and served on the Board of Trustees of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. He was a former member of the Hispanic Democratic National Committee and was a former Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Bill is survived by his brother, Ricardo Callejo, his niece Franchesca Callejo, nephew-in-law Jim Brighton, Great- Nephew Victor Callejo-Brighton and Great-Niece Isabel Callejo-Brighton, sisters-in-law Connie Gonzales, Genevieve Callejo, Tommie Botello and Lily Velasquez, nieces and nephews Felix Botello, Michael Gonzales, Linda Botello, Libby Marchetti, Victor Botello, Tony Botello, Jeri-Ann Gonzales, John Robert Gonzales, Stephen Velasquez, Deborah Botello and John David Gonzales. Pallbearers are Felix Andres Botello, JD Gonzales II, Victor Callejo-Brighton, Felix Tamez, BT Tamez, and Matthew Gonzales. The family extends a heartfelt thanks to his care providers, Malyn, Nelia, Marife, Rosalia, Vivian, Jennifer, Tessie, Josie and Paulina. Their unswerving commitment to Bill extended his joy of life. A visitation will be held in the Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel from 6 until 7 o'clock p.m. with a Rosary to follow beginning at 7 o'clock p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 noon on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Catholic Shrine of the Virgin Guadalupe Catholic Church in Dallas with burial to follow at Restland Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School, 7817 Military Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75227 - 214-892-7500. To express online condolences, please visit www.sparkman-hillcrest.com.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from May 14 to May 21, 2014