Former, recent UTPA professors die
UTPA Professor Maria Pereyra dies
UTPA Assistant Professor of Biology Maria Pereyra died Aug. 27 at the McAllen Medical Center.
Pereyra was a faculty member at the University of Tulsa and adjunct professor at Occidental College in California before she started working at UTPA in fall 2012. According to the UTPA Department of Biology faculty news website, Pereyra wrote various publications and presentations that focused on the ecology and physiology of birds and other animals. While at UTPA, she taught anatomy and physiology and mammalian physiology.
No formal services were held for Pereyra at the request of her family. However, the biology department held an informal memorial for her Sept. 5 and made a donation in her honor to the Nature Conservancy, an organization she and her husband supported, according to the faculty news website.
Former UTPA music professor dies at 78
Carl Seale, former UTPA music professor and Rio Grande Valley Symphony Orchestra conductor and composer, died Sept. 10 afternoon. He was 78 years old.
According to his obituary, Seale died after a 20-year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, which is a progressive disease of the nervous system. It is marked by tremors, muscle rigidity and slow imprecise movement, primarily affecting middle-aged and elderly people.
Seale was a UTPA faculty member for 30 years in the department of music and dance. He headed the University’s music department for eight years until he retired in 2001. Seale was awarded the titles of conductor emeritus in 2001.
According to a UTPA press release, a number of his works were composed for Rio Grande Valley entities, including the University, the McAllen International Museum of Art and Science, The Valley Land Fund, The Hidalgo Pumphouse and Quinta Mazatlan. Seale’s musical compositions are preserved in the Special Collections Library on campus.
His final composition was commissioned for the opening of the new Academic and Performing Arts Center and will be performed by the Valley Symphony Orchestra in March 2015.
Funeral services were held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in McAllen, with his burial following at 5:00 p.m. at the Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.