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Carmen Usobiaga d.2011

For over forty five years, Carmen Usobiaga was the heart and soul of our study abroad program in Spain. She had been with UCEAP since 1964, the year the program opened. It is impossible to count the number of lives she touched over the years. Students, faculty and staff all benefited from her knowledge, expertise, patience and friendship. With exemplary dedication to our program, Carmen was generous with her time and made a significant impact on everyone who arrived in Madrid. She worked with efficiency, elegance and professionalism. Carmen passed away in 2011, but her legacy will be felt for years to come. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of UCEAP, founding director Bill Allaway wrote to Carmen, "UCEAP could never have been the success it has been without the loyal support of persons like you who helped us found the program there in Madrid, and have continued to share your understanding of Spain and the Spaniards with succeeding generations of California students."

Carmen was loving and patient with students, friendly and efficient with administrators, an unconditional partner with teachers, professional with all of us, and always ready to help. She is deeply missed by all. 

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