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r.i.p. facundo montenegro

Facundo MontenegroI learned this morning that one of the original DC for Dean and DC for Democracy members, Facundo Montenegro, succumbed to lung cancer early yesterday morning. He died at home, with friends and family at his side.

Facundo was one of the most lively people I’d ever met. Possessing a command of many languages (including ASL), he was a beloved professor at Catholic University. As a friend, he was loyal and loving – always quick with a joke and very clear in his convictions. He always added life to a gathering, whether it was a big party (like in the picture here, from the 2004 DC for Democracy hoiliday party), or a small group of friends talking about philosophy, politics, or relationships.

Facundo was loved by many people spanning both North and South America and many places in between. Although I am not the least bit religious, I know that Facundo is now at peace. The love he shared with his friends was unconditional and open, and he touched and taught nearly everybody he met with this positive energy. That’s what I feel he left to all of us: love and life.

He will be missed.

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