University mourns death of faculty member Eufemia Sanchez de la Calle


Dear members of the Marquette community;

I am writing to share with you sad news regarding the death of a Marquette faculty member. We learned this morning that Dr. Eufemia Sanchez de la Calle, associate professor of Spanish and resident director of the Marquette en Madrid program, passed away last night after a car accident in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Sanchez de la Calle was completing the second year of her two-year appointment as resident director of the program.

A funeral was held today in Dr. Sanchez de la Calle’s hometown of Cáceres, Spain. Memorial services are being planned for next week in Madrid and later in October at Marquette. Information on the Marquette memorial service will be forthcoming in News Briefs. The staffs of Campus Ministry, the Counseling Center and the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality stand ready to provide on-campus support for colleagues, friends, and students of Dr. Sanchez de la Calle.

Dr. Sanchez de la Calle began her teaching career at Marquette in 1990. She was the author of two books: Isaac Montero: Pionero de la Narrativa de Posguerra, about Spanish novelist Isaac Montero, and Breves Cuentos Hispánicos, an elementary and intermediate reader textbook. For many of the students who took part in the program, Dr. Sanchez de la Calle was seen as a mother, friend and mentor during their time in Madrid. She was 57.

Many individuals have offered support and expressed concern for the students currently enrolled in the Madrid program. I wanted to let you know that a grief therapist will be made available to the students, and that the U.S. Embassy has also offered support. Additionally, Dr. Anne Pasero, chair of foreign languages and literatures, will travel to Madrid to offer to support to students in the program as well.

Please keep Dr. Sanchez de la Calle’s family, her students and the faculty and staff of the Madrid program in your prayers during this difficult time.

God’s peace,
Stephanie Russell
Vice President for Mission and Ministry