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Current Issue: March 31, 2003
Volume 38, Number 16

In Memoriam

Dinko Cvitanovic

Dinko Cvitanovic, UNM professor of Spanish from 1973-80, died Feb. 19 of a heart attack at age 64 in Bahía Blanca Argentina. A scholar of note, he is survived by his wife and sometime collaborator Nilsa, and son Gastón Mauricio.

Born in Croatia, Cvitanovic, his family immigrated to Argentina, the nation of his identity, when he was very young. He earned a doctorate at the Universidad de Valladolid followed by fellowships at the University of Louvain, Belgium, and the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica of Madrid.

His academic life was spent largely at the Universidad del Sur in Bahía Blanca, where he achieved remarkable success in teaching, research and administrative functions designated ultimately while he served as principal investigator of Conicet (Argentina’s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research).

Cvitanovic came to UNM because the dictatorship in Argentina disrupted the humanities in Argentine universities. First a visiting professor of Spanish and Spanish American Letters, Cvitanovic later achieved full professorship.

Concern for his students, largely upper division and post-graduate degree candidates, won him the admiration of American and Mexican students alike. They referred to him affectionately as “Don Dinko.”