Hilda Hidalgo, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on November 08, 2009. Professor Emerita Hidalgo was a member of the Public Affairs Department on the Newark Campus.
A New Jersey memorial service for Dr. Hidalgo will be held early next year.
Professor Emerita Hilda Hidalgo, 81, is being mourned by the Rutgers University community, scores of former students, and numerous others, including many who never met her. Hilda Hidalgo, who died Nov. 8, was both a distinguished scholar at Rutgers and the co-founder of several community organizations which have impacted the lives of countless residents of New Jersey, especially in the Newark area: Aspira Inc. of NJ, La Casa de Don Pedro, the Puerto Rican Congress, the United Community Foundation, the Newark Urban League, and the United Community Corporation.
Until recently she was an active member of Equality Florida and Friends of Wild Iris, organizations that fight for the rights of gays and lesbians.
Dr. Hidalgo also chaired the first Puerto Rican Convention of New Jersey and served as vice-president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Dr. Hidalgo, who taught at Rutgers for 23 years, died of pancreatic cancer at her home in Gainesville, Fl., surrounded by her partner, Dr. Cheryl Lamey, and her sisters, Elia and Zaida.
Donations in her honor can be made to the Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.
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