ByUH-Clear Lake friends, students, alumni, faculty and staff remembered a beloved professor during a memorial service held Jan. 23 for the late Professor of Organic Chemistry and Program Chair Ramiro Sanchez.
"We are deeply saddened by this loss," said UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples. "Not only will faculty, administrators and the community miss Dr. Sanchez, but students - past, present and future - will no longer have the opportunity to learn from him. He leaves a legacy as a teacher, researcher and faculty role model."
Sanchez, who died in December as a result of a car wreck, joined the UH-Clear Lake family in 1990 and since that time was recognized for significant achievements in his field. Five years after joining the university, Sanchez was awarded the President's Distinguished Research Award for his work in organic chemistry, resulting in a patent for a benign process that could be used to safely remove nitrogen oxides from closed environments such as spacecraft used for long-duration human habitation. The patent was the first issued for research performed solely at UH-Clear Lake.
Further recognition of Sanchez's commitment to education came in 2001 when he received one of the first faculty fellowships from the university. His peers, as well as academic administrators, nominated him for the prestigious award, which recognizes faculty for their substantial, outstanding and contributions to their professions.
"Dr. Sanchez won university recognition for both his distinguished teaching and research at UH-Clear Lake and he provided invaluable service as an elected leader of our faculty senate," McKay said. "His love of teaching and learning, his passion for helping to advance the body-of-knowledge and its application, and his dedication to all students who wanted to learn the wonders of chemistry were truly exemplary."
Fellow faculty members in the school will memorialize Sanchez by purchasing a paver to be placed in the university's Alumni Plaza. In addition, they have established an endowed scholarship fund in Sanchez's name, allowing for a permanent tribute to a scholar and his legacy.
Donations to the scholarship fund can be made by calling UH-Clear Lake's Office of University Advancement, (281) 283-2021, or by mailing the contribution to 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058-1098. Contributors are asked to mention the Ramiro Sanchez memorial fund in all correspondence.