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Dr. Mario A. Rivera - Memorial

Posted: January 2018

Remembering Dr. Mario A. RiveraIt is with the deepest sadness to inform that our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Mario A. Rivera, passed away on December 22, 2017, at the age of 70. 

Mario was born in Havana, Cuba on December 8, 1947. 

He was a beloved husband, father, and esteemed professor. Mario was a lifelong educator. He held a Ph.D. and Master's Degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Harvard College. Mario was a Regents' professor of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico, where he worked since 1993. Mario had recently received the honor of being elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for sustained and outstanding contribution to the field of public administration through public service and scholarship. 

Mario will be forever be remembered by his wife of 30 years, Ana V. Rivera; three daughters, Alyssa, Sara, and Gabriella; as well as his mother and siblings.

Mario, our husband, father, and brother, loved books. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family kindly requested that anyone who wishes to honor Mario's memory do so through continuing this love of reading by enjoying or sharing a book. 

Visitation was held on January 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Daniels Family Funeral Services. A Catholic mass was held Saturday, January 6th, at 10:00 AM at Queen of Heaven Church, and Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. 


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