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In memoriam: Félix Masud-Piloto, professor emeritus in the Department of History

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(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Félix Masud-Piloto, a professor emeritus of history who was renowned internationally for his sharp and accurate analyses of Cuban and U.S. politics. Masud-Piloto died March 10 at age 72.

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Félix Masud-Piloto in 2018 (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

A brilliant intellectual and professor, Masud-Piloto was much loved by his colleagues and students. He came to DePaul in 1990 and, within two years, became director of the Center for Latino Research. In this capacity, he founded the influential journal Diálogo, which he would direct until 2009. He also helped the center launch the annual poetry festival Poesía en abril, which has become the most prominent Spanish-language literary event in the Midwestern United States.

Among many recognitions through Masud-Piloto's outstanding academic career, the Cuban nation's bestowal of its Distinción Por la Cultural Nacional medal in 2007 is a particular standout.

Félix Roberto Masud-Piloto (1950-2023) was born and raised in Havana, and he immigrated to the United States in the 1960s, growing up in South Florida. Masud-Piloto earned degrees from Florida International University and Florida State University, including a PhD in history.

At DePaul, he also joined with marketing professor Luis Larrea to create a study-abroad program titled "Cuban Realities in a Changing World." Hundreds of DePaul students have benefited from this unique learning experience in Cuba under Masud-Piloto's leadership. He took his last trip with Blue Demon students just last summer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 15, at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. The service will begin at 2:30 p.m., with a visitation beforehand. Condolences may be posted online.