Monday, July 17, 2006

Guillermo E. Hernández

I’ve just received several e-mails with some very sad news: Professor Guillermo Hernández died in Mexico City yesterday. He was serving as the program director/instructor for UCLA’s travel study program based in Puebla.

Prof. Hernández was the past director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, and one of the longest serving in the center's 37 year history (1992-2003). The current director, Prof. Chon Noriega, notes that he “was a good friend, a thoughtful and compassionate colleague, and someone with whom one could always argue the fine points of Chicano studies, Mexican music, and survival strategies in the academy.” Prof. Gary Keller (ASU/Bilingual Press) offered this: “Guillermo’s book on Chicano satire was a unique contribution to scholarship and his work on corridos and popular songs, including with Los Tigres del Norte was grounbreaking. All of us in Chicano studies will miss him and those of us who interacted with him for decades feel the loss of his presence profoundly.” And Dr. Raymund Paredes (Higher Education Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) said this of Prof. Hernández: “He was a true intellectual and dedicated scholar.” I hope to have more information later. -- DAO

7 comments:

C. M. Mayo said...

Very sorry to hear this.

cindylu said...

I had him as a professor as an undergrad. I liked him even though he messed up on my grade. He still changed it after he realized his mistake...

I was really sad to hear about this.

Alma said...

Guillermo was a compassionate, down to earth Professor and friend. I served as his research assistant back in the mid to late 80's as a UCLA Undergrad. He was a fine mentor with a great sense of humor. I learned to love academics through the wonderful literary world of Chicano Studies that he shared with me over coffee and even a beer :). He had a fantastic life partner Yolanda who I remember as a balanced and wise woman. His sons were still in their develpmental years when I visited their home in Mexico City back in 1990. My sincerest condolences to Yolanda and all of his beautiful sons.

Sinceramente
Alma Elena Cervantes

Anonymous said...

Conocí a Guillermo Hernández como el experto en corridos que vino a la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León en Monterrey, Nuevo León, México para impartir un seminario sobre su pasión por el género corridista en 1988. Nos hicimos amigos cuando lo invité al pueblo donde viven mis padres(Los Aldamas, N.L.) para que conociera a los familiares de Alonso Flores, un personaje de corrido. Guillermo Grabó más de seis horas de entrevistas al tiempo que bebimos cerveza y saboreamos la carne asada que nos ofrecieron los anfitriones de Dr. Coss, Nuevo León. Ese fue el inicio de muchas otras aventuras que me permitió compartir. Cada visita a Monterrey programábamos un viaje por las rancherías de Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango y por supuesto, el estado de Nuevo León, el cual lo recorrimos infinidad de veces buscando testimonios, haciendo amigos, visitando archivos eclesiásticos y municipales para obtener información que documentara la vida o la muerte de los protagonistas de corridos de la región. Solíamos llamarnos "tocayos" y nuestra amistad trascendió hasta la familia y otros amigos con quienes departimos infinidad de ocasiones. Miguel y Cirilo Luna, del dueto de música norteña El Palomo y el Gorrión; el compositor e intérprete, Julián Garza, a quien entrevistó y escribió un libro sobre su vida; el sociólogo Víctor Zúñiga, el escritor Romualdo Gallegos, su compadre, rector de la UdeM, Paco Azcúnaga; Armando Hugo Ortiz, Paco Ramos, Meynardo Vázquez, son algunos de los muchos amigos que hizo en esta geografía del noreste mexicano.
Sin pagar colegiatura alguna, sin inscribirme a sus cursos, fui su amigo y alumno; aunque nunca le agradecí, personalmente, el dispendio de su generosidad. Ahora, su ausencia es recuerdo memorable; y los que lo conocimos, valoramos la calidad humana que caracterizó a mi Tocayo Guillermo Hernández.

Guillermo Berrones

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