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Coutinho, Joao Narciso da Veiga



Joao Narciso da Veiga Coutinho, 97, died peacefully at his home in Rio Rancho, surrounded by loved ones on December 15, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Webber of Rio Rancho, and his son, Ravindra Joao Webber Coutinho of Austin, Texas, and extended family members in the United States, India, Africa, and Portugal. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

Joao was born in Margao, Goa, at the time a Portuguese colony and now part of India, on January 28, 1918. After getting his Master's in Literature in Bombay, followed by advanced degrees in theology and philosophy at various universities in Europe, he came to the United States in 1962 to pursue a Master's in Social Work at the University of Chicago, as well as other academic endeavors. Joao had a long and varied career, including time spent as a priest, WWII POW camp translator, journalist, humanitarian aid worker, professor, and published author. His final book, A Kind of Absence, is a provocative examination of Goan identity. During his time as program director for the Center for the Study of Development and Social Change, he traveled the world giving seminars on aid and missionary work, which is how he met his soulmate of 45 years. With his family, he lived in West Africa, Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and finally, New Mexico.

Joao's endless intellectual curiosity, quick wit, good humor, and deep humanity will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Donations in his honor can be made to Health Action New Mexico. A celebration of his life will take place on January 30 at 1:00pm at El Zocalo Event Center (264 S Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo)
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 27, 2015
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