UTEP - Dr. Natalicio

UTEP to Honor President Emerita Diana Natalicio on Sunday, October 24

Members of the UTEP family and the public are invited to attend a Celebration of Life for President Emerita Diana Natalicio on campus. Natalicio died Sept. 24, 2021, at age 82.

Family members, friends and colleagues will reflect on the life of Natalicio, who led UTEP for 31 years and was the University’s 10th and longest-serving president.

Dr. Richard Pineda, chair of UTEP’s Department of Communication, will preside over the event, which will feature a performance by Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey.

The ceremony will include remarks by UTEP President Heather Wilson; Bill Siedhoff, Dr. Natalicio’s brother; Doma Tshering, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations; Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de León, Consul General of Mexico; Congresswoman Veronica Escobar; State Senator César Blanco; Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education; Dr. Gary Edens, UTEP Vice President for Student Affairs; Dr. Howard Daudistel, retired UTEP Senior Executive Vice President; Lilian Crouch, UTEP supporter and retired El Paso Independent School District human resources executive director; Sharon Croissant, Dr. Natalicio’s longtime friend; and others.

Volunteers will release two hundred sky lanterns in the air to commemorate Natalicio’s life.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Natalicio’s memory can donate to the Dr. Natalicio Legacy Fund by clicking here.

The service will be livestreamed via this link. Free parking will be available in the UTEP Sun Bowl Garage.

For our complete coverage Click Here