[Blueboard] erratum: Demise of ROBERTO M. PATERNO

Office of the Vice President for the Loyola Schools [LS] vployola at ateneo.edu
Fri Oct 7 11:40:23 PHT 2016


October 2016


The Loyola Schools Community


Maria Luz C. Vilches, Ph.D.
Vice President




We extend our condolences to the family of Ms. Jhoanna Michelle G. Paterno,
Instructor of the Department of English, on the demise of her
father-in-law, ROBERTO M. PATERNO, who passed away on 2 October 2016 at the
age of 79.
Roberto, also known as “Bombit,” was a true-blue Atenean (GS ’48, HS ’52,
College ’56), and was one of the protégés of Fr. Horacio de la Costa, S.J.
(1916-1977). He went on to graduate studies in the United States, getting
an M.A. in History from Georgetown University and a Ph.D., also in History,
from Harvard University. He taught with the Ateneo’s Department of History
for several years before settling into a corporate career with the Manila
Electric Company (Meralco).

It was after his retirement that Roberto took on the formidable task of
gathering and editing the works of his mentor, Fr. de la Costa. The
four-volume work Horacio de la Costa, S.J. was published in 2002, and went
on to win the Manila Critics Circle’s National Book of the Year Award in
History and Essay that same year.

It was for this work, “for editing Fr. Horacio de la Costa's writings with
passion and dedication, thus making his texts accessible to present and
future generations,” that Roberto was recognized by the School of
Humanities earlier this year, on the occasion of the centenary of Fr. de la
Costa’s birth.

The wake was held at the Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills, San Juan.
There will be a 12:00 NN mass on Sunday 9 October,
​in the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University, ​
with Fr.  Catalino G. Arevalo, S.J. as main presider.

Please keep Roberto and his bereaved family in your prayers.
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