It is with great sadness that the family of Edgard Jose Sevilla announces his passing on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at almost 91 years of age. Edgard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Maria Auxiliadora, his children, Edgar Joseph (Erica) and Luisa Maria (Douglas), and grandchildren.
Edgard was a man who greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of friends he made over the years. He was a kind person with strong convictions and enjoyed participating in healthy debates. Edgard was a supporter of the sciences and valued intellectual pursuits, continuously reading publications to learn new things about the world. He was a man who loved his family dearly and never fell short of anything but dedicated. As a young adult, he obtained a small plane pilot’s license and was a bit of a thrill seeker, but most of all he had a deep love for music. Edgard enjoyed playing the guitar, piano and dancing, especially to the tango.
Born in Nicaragua, Edgard earned a full scholarship to study in the United States and attended Colgate University in New York. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics graduating with honors in 1956. He then was awarded another full scholarship to pursue his postgraduate studies at Vanderbilt University where he graduated with honors in 1959 with a Masters and PhD degrees in Economics.
In 1971, he began his career with the Organization of American States in Washington, DC where he dedicated his life to furthering the progress of economic development of Central and South American States. He served in this capacity until 1993 when he retired. He then became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States in 2002.
A service celebrating Edgard’s life will be held at 1pm, on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at St James Catholic Church at 905 Park Ave, Falls Church,VA 22046 with a reception to follow for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations in memory of Edgard made to American Kidney Fund (https://www.kidneyfund.org/)