[Blueboard] Dr Gelia T Castillo, 89

Office of the President [OP] president at ateneo.edu
Tue Aug 15 10:07:48 +08 2017

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14 August 2017

Memo to         :           The University Community

Subject            :           Dr Gelia T Castillo, 89

It is with sadness that we inform the University Community of the passing
of Dr Gelia T Castillo, who was conferred a Doctor of Science *honoris
causa* degree by the Ateneo de Manila in 1994.


In 1999, Dr Castillo was conferred the rank and title of National Scientist
of the Philippines. She was recognized for her contributions to rural and
agricultural social science and development. Dr Castillo spent most of her
professional life as a Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of
the Philippines – Los Baños. In 1993, UP declared her a *Professor
Emeritus.* In 2004, she was given the Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award.

Underlying her teaching and research for three decades was the principle
that “science must always serve a human purpose”. Thus, she concerned
herself not only with agricultural and rural development, but also with
health, gender, environment, poverty, inequality, human capacity
development, and collaborative research.

Dr Castillo was laid to rest on 12 August 2017 at the Libingan ng mga

Please keep Dr Castillo and her family in your prayers.

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ


Office of the President
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108
Tel No: 63 (02) 426 6001
Fax No: 63 (02) 426 6079

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