Saturday, July 16, 2011

It is with deep regret that we are reporting the loss of our beloved Nathaniel 'Nacho' Cordova. Arrangements will be announced as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please keep the Cordova family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

This blog was created so you can share your stories and feelings.

Nacho was killed instantly in a scooter accident near Hebo, Oregon, this afternoon.

Here is a link with a little more information.

Michelle has chosen to honor Nacho's memory by suggesting donations be made to one of three meaningful organizations that are representative of their family. We hope to have information posted soon with a link to make your donation online if you wish.

158 comments:

  1. I was terribly sorry to hear of Nacho's passing away ... He was a good friend to My wife AlyZen Moonshadow & to myself ElectroCelt . He was a very inspiring Iphoneographer and will be sorely missed. Our deepest Sympathy to his wife Michelle , Family & Friends.

    Australia

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  3. Nacho was one of the finest people I've ever had the opportunity of meeting. Words cannot express how amazing he was and how much of an impact he had upon my life. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.

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  4. Nacho was the most amazing professor and human being. I am so lucky to have known him and had him as my adviser. I can't express how much he meant to me. He walked me through my thesis step by step. Reminding me when I got stressed to breathe and relax and that everything would be alright. My heart goes out to his family.

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  5. Nacho really helped me transition into my new profession and I’m not sure I have ever met a more caring or generous person. I can only hope that as I continue down the academic path I can model just some small part of his enthusiasm and thoughtfulness.

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  6. Rest in peace Nacho.

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  7. Bernadette Marie CalafellJuly 16, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Nacho was an incredible scholar and giving colleague. He always had a smile and I looked forward to seeing him every year at NCA. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends.

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  8. I had Nacho as a professor as the first time last semester and I am honored to have known him, even if it was for a few short months. He was one of the most enthusiastic people I have ever known and one of the kindest as well.
    Cool beans, hot rice.

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  9. This past year I had a lot of chances to see Nacho interact with students. He was always caring and giving with his time and his energy. As a first year professor, he was an incredible model of what it means to keep teaching outside the classroom. I am thankful for the time I got to spend with him. My thoughts are with his family.

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  10. Looking through some of Nacho's photography tonight. He had a wonderful eye. It is touching to see the way he photographed his children:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncordova/4303915365/in/set-72157623158513267/

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  11. Nacho was about the best friend with whom a person could want to share a mutual passion. He was always eager to engage in discussion and forward-thinking exploration. He never spared his words, and his warmth constantly shone through. I will miss him, always.

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  12. Nacho was a very good human being! What more can we hope to be.

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  13. Nacho was an inspiring educator and a brilliant and compassionate man. I will never forget the time he spent traveling with us to conferences in order to support our scholarship. He showed me what it truly means to be a professor and mentor to students, and helped inspire me to want to pursue that life for myself. He will be missed from the Rhetoric department and from the Willamette community.

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  14. I have met Nacho online through iPhoneography (iPhone photography). My feelings are with his wife, children, family and friends.

    I will miss his photos and comments.

    Robert-Paul Jansen, the Netherlands.

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  15. If anyone were to master only half of the qualities that I observed Nacho display on a daily basis to his students, peers, or son, that person will be truly remarkable. He was truly like none other.

    Nacho was a superb educator, a wonderful photographer, and an all around brilliant human being. His honesty, integrity, and mindfulness will be sorely missed by myself and countless others. My deepest condolences to his family, and deep gratitude for what time I was able to experience with him.

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  16. Nacho, you weren't just my professor. You were a truly precious friends. Every time I spoke with you, about anything at all, the whole world seemed a little brighter and even the hardest things seemed possible. I'll never forget the things that you taught me, both through your words and your actions. You are a great inspiration to me. I won't let you down.

    Wherever you are, I hope that you find peace and know that you will always be remembered with love and laughter. EW

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  17. Nacho was my professor in 2010, and this news is a lightning bolt of shock to me. Nacho's heart was full of love, and I was blessed to have him as my teacher through my college experience, We'll all miss his love for life and enthusiasm for helping his students.
    -Raleigh Latham '10

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  18. You have left us far too soon Nacho....God bless and be with those you have left behind.

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  19. My thoughts go to Nacho's wife Michelle. Nacho was one of the first people I met online when I started becoming serious about iphoneography. Apart from being an inspirational photographer and a generous friend, he constantly had time to add the most insightful and interesting observations and comments about peoples work. I will truly miss his unique perspectives and his friendship. I feel diminished by his loss.

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  20. the mark of a great man is when you give back more then you take - Nacho fits this description perfectly...RIP Nacho

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  21. Nacho was a light! An instantaneous friend who spoke from his heart - his love of life and family. I was touched by his wisdom and genuine happiness and great sense of humor. I am so sorry and send my prayers to Nacho's wife and children.

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  22. It's a sad day when any truely nice person passes and even more so when it's long before the time it should.

    Like many I had only known Nacho from the online iPhoneography world but he was an insightful, honest, nice, insperation guy.

    I had a couple of private converstions with him on facebook messages as well as on forums and twitter where he was always full of encouragement and wisdom.

    A great loss RIP

    Alex Giles (Muldwych) in Scotland

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  23. Nacho, I heard the news at my workplace in Tokyo.
    I often remembered you since I went back to my country.
    You were a great professor, and I really owe my present success to you.
    Rest in peace Nacho. I will miss you.

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  24. Adnan Mujakić, BosniaJuly 17, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    I still can't believe... He was an amazing human being. The moment when I heard that he's not with us anymore, was the moment I imagined him sitting on the front school desk, and talking to us with his smile and enthusiasm. I'm a teacher from Bosnia, and I was so lucky that I met Nacho in April this year, and had opportunity to attend his classes together with my students from Bosnia for a month. He's made me be happy and feel lucky to be a teacher. He has made me a better teacher and most of all, a better person. He has made me believe in people again. I still remember his: "This is what I believe...". Well, this is what I believe: -I believe that he is still with us, in our minds and souls. Dear Nacho, your students and teachers from Bosnia will never forget you, nor everything you taught us. We all still have the photographs that you took while we were together. They will also remind us how you see the people, how you saw us, and everything around... Farewell, my friend...

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  25. Nacho, I am sorely saddened that I was unable to continue to get to know you both as my academic advisor, professor, and friend. I greatly value the conversations we had, both academic and otherwise, and will always remember the ray of light you cast upon any and all that came your way. Rest in peace. My condolences to your family.

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  27. Words cannot express the shock I felt upon hearing of this tragedy!

    Unfortunately I did not know Nacho Cordova in the flesh, but I had the enormous pleasure of many discussions and friendly banter with him through many of the iPhoneography and other cyber sites we both frequented.

    Nacho was a huge talent and all round good guy who always made time for everyone.

    My thoughts and love are with you, Michelle, at this awful time, and with Nacho's family, close friends and work colleagues, a tragedy indeed.

    R.I.P. Nacho, you will be missed beyond words. Roger... x

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  28. I just can't believe this is true, Nacho was best professor I've ever met..
    Rest in peace.

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  29. I recently had a chance to touch base again with my cousin Nacho when he visit Puerto Rico last May with a group of students. He was of great support , as my brother, who was Nacho's age, died during his visit to Puerto Rico. Now Nacho's death comes at a great shock to our family. The Nacho I knew growing up exerted the same human qualities describe on these post. We will miss him greatly. On behalf of our family in Puerto Rico I thank everyone of you for your prayers and support during this sad times. Descnasa en paz Nacho, I love you.

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  30. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle and Nacho's family. Nacho will be dearly missed. Thank you, Nacho for showing us a more beautiful side to this world through your imagery. Rest in peace, my friend.

    Greg Schmigel
    a fellow iPhone Photographer

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  31. Nacho was truly one of the finest people I have ever met. He never failed to greet me by name and with a bright smile and a "hello" that brought instant calm, even if he was just walking past. Something about his spirit caused me to pause, breathe, and start again feeling more centered after even the briefest encounter.

    This year the best of Willamette have been gathered up and taken from us. The loss is tremendous.

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  32. Catherine (RoseCat)July 17, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    Although I knew him only briefly online in the Flickr community, his kindness and talent shone through, and he will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to the Cordova family - may you find comfort in his memories and the beautiful photos he created.

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  33. Hey Nacho...we missed you the guys from Va. Shooting at Great Falls. We really had fun back in 2008. Photographing landscapes. Well buddy, we're gonna miss you being with us. Pray for you all the time and someday we all can meet again...I would like to extend my condolences to the Cordova family. Mi Amigo now is in the hands of GOD...Cuidate mi Amigo:))

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  34. Rest in peace Nacho. I am so sorry to hear about your sudden passing. Love and prayers to your family at this time.
    Kathryn Gaines

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  35. adnan suljanovic Bihać BosniaJuly 17, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    Farewell to a person who made such a significant impact on my professional and private life in just three short weeks. Thank you for helping me learn more about myself and the world around us. Your classes and our conversation will never fade away. Peace and freedom are with you. “ That is what I believe.”

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  36. My condolences to the Cordova family. Nacho, I miss you bro!
    Descansa en paz...

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  37. I will miss this wonderful spirit. From the beginning of my interest in iPhoneography, Nacho never failed to be generous and supportive with his comments. He took the time to 'feel' the photograph and the artist behind it. His commentary included thoughts on nuance, intent and aesthetics. He was gifted in how he crafted his words to get to the core. Gifted to as a photographer of life's moments, too.

    From what I read about him, he was an educator. He must of been a an inspirational force to his students. I know this in my bones. His character shone through so powerfully in our virtual world that I can say this without any doubt.

    My heart goes out to you, Michelle and family. May he rest in peace.

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  38. I am shocked and deeply saddened...my thoughts are with Nacho's wife and children, as well as his students and fellow faculty members. He had a way of moving through life with such grace, and he touched everyone he met, whether in person or virtually, with his boundless compassion. He will be sorely missed by the photog/iphoneography communities, as well as by the mindfulness communities, particularly MiEN, where he had given his time and creativity so generously. Dear Nacho, you are gone too soon...

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  39. I am saddened by the loss of Nacho. He was a generous, genuine and irrepressible force of good. Let us all bring his spirit to life in our actions, thoughts and beliefs.

    NJL

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  40. All my love and prayers to the Cordova family. I met him at Great Falls with other NikonCafe members. And even in those few hours together I knew I had met a great teacher, photographer, and inspiration. Rest in Peace, Nacho. May God Bless and be with your family in this sad time.

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  41. I only had the opportunity to have Nacho as a professor one semester, but he was a favorite professor of mine for my entire Willamette experience. He was one of the kindest and most dedicated professors I've ever met. He will be missed.

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  42. I will miss you Nacho. I was lucky to have the opportunity to exchange thoughts with you. All my heart goes out to your family. Rest in peace.

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  43. Nacho
    Fare well my mindful creative colleague. You will continue to inspire us through the memories you generated with your words, cameras, and ever present kindness. You will be missed amigo.
    Dave

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  44. I was shocked and saddened to hear this news today. Nacho was a valued member of the iPhoneography community, who took the time and effort to leave detailed and thoughtful comments on people's creative efforts. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  45. I am so sorry to hear of this and my thoughts to his family. I was a few years ahead of Nacho in Maryland's PhD program. He was always so calm and moderate in his speech, even when others would be stressing from classes, research and perceived slights.

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  46. Nacho opened a spiritual gate in my life. To mindfulness, to compassion and to a truer way of being. I'm profoundly grateful.

    Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.
    Breathing out, I smile through the tears.

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  47. There aren't any words that can really capture the inspiration, support, and warmth I received from Nacho during the short time I had the privilege of knowing him. It's not often that I find myself in the presence of a strikingly good professor who is equally as good a person. Nacho was a beacon who shined brighter than any others I've known in the academic world, as well as a shining friend.
    You will be missed, Nacho.

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  48. I am so shocked and sorry to hear this. I did not know Professor Cordova very well, but I attended several seminars he lead during my time at Willamette. He always struck me as a voice for good in this world, and I know he will be truly missed. -Sara Hudson Florey

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  49. Dearest Nacho, thank you for everything that you have taught us, you were a great teacher and friend.

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  50. My heart feels so heavy and this loss feels infinitely unfair. But I know Nacho would remind me in this moment that loss is a part of living and loving, and in loss there is still something to be gained. In sadness there is also joy. I'm so grateful Nacho has been a part of my life as a colleague and a friend. My love to Michelle and all his family and friends. --Diane Blair

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  51. Linda Lockwood GeisslerJuly 17, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    To Michelle I send you hugs and calming energy. Know that you are loved! I am so sorry to hear of Nacho's passing. Blessings!

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  52. I am heartbroken for Nacho's family and many friends... I am honored to say that I was one of them. Every life he touched was enriched by his warm, loving, generous spirit and the joy he exuded, every day. The loss of his artistry, his photographic vision, and his mentorship is immeasurable. I will never forget the times we spent together, enjoying our shared hobby. I've been re-reading his older blog posts today, and mourning the loss of his humor and wisdom as well. He gave so much to the world in the short time he had on this earth.

    As he posted on his blog:
    "May all beings be safe.
    May all beings be well.
    May all beings be at peace.
    May all beings be happy.
    May all beings live in harmony."

    Farewell, Nacho. You will be sorely missed.

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  53. Gunnar GundersenJuly 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    We will hold Nacho’s memory close to our hearts. He was one of the kindest, most thoughtful people one could ever hope to meet. Nacho always had time to listen and his heartfelt advice and support was something from which many benefited. He is truly a role model not only for students but also for his colleagues. Nacho, gracias por todo y paz.

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  55. I never realized until this morning how much someone I never met in person can impact one's life. Just yesterday, I was thinking of "the practice of mindfulness," as Nacho so beautifully put it, while I wandered through the neighborhood with my iPhone in hand. Nacho's grace and eloquence, with words as well as images, elevated the nascent medium of iPhoneography. Nacho's passing leaves a huge gap in the iPhone community. Thank you, dear Nacho, for gently making us better artists and better people. You will be greatly missed.

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  56. My dear friend and collaborator, how will we ever do without your warmth and kindness, your philosophical musings, your startling insights? Your deep love and concern for your children and life partner and your commitment to teaching and mentoring have been an inspiration to me and to so many others. You made me want to be a better person. I do not know how I can finish this essay alone...but I know you would not want your work to be lost. I promise I will try to do honor to your fine mind and passion for justice, my friend. My heart breaks for your family, your friends, your students. I see your big smile, I hear your deep chuckle, I feel your unyielding support and understanding. Thank you, thank you for your sweet and gentle life.

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  57. Michelle your love of Nacho has shone and will continue to shine. Believe that your kids will be hurt but remain safe and whole. I grieve for you dear friend. By turns, your way may; desolate, numb, bewilder, enlighten, muddle and clarify and do more than you'd thought possible to live through. Love is around you. I wish you light through the journey.
    I am sad, so sad that Nacho is dead.

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  58. Nacho,
    Because we knew you...(because I knew you)... we have been changed for Good.

    My heart is heavy for the Cordova family. May you deeply feel the love and support from the Willamette community.

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  59. I hope for peace and strength through the grieving process for Nacho's family and friends. He was an incredible person, and is greatly missed.

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  60. I am so shocked at the news, even after reading the e-mail and facebook posts. Although I only knew Nacho for about a year but his vibrant and intellectual character made an impression upon me. He was a caring and unique individual with so many years still left ahead of him.

    My greatest condolences go out to his wife & children. I know that it will be difficult for them and only time will come close to healing their wound. Regardless, I know that Nacho will be there to care and look after them.

    Nacho, you will be missed greatly. I can't imagine walking around 3rd floor of Ford and not seeing your smiling face. May you rest well.
    Thank you for everything you have given to your students, family, and friends.

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  61. I'm almost speechless so this will not be good enough....but...

    Nacho was a mentor to me. I never actually took a class from him, but he was filled with inspiration and dedication.

    The Culture Shock Community Project would not exist were it not for him. He advised me, philosophized with me, guided me. I owe him a lot.

    I am without words, thoughts, or even understanding right now. I am shocked...I don't know what to say. I just. I can't imagine not being able to write him an email and get a 3 page long dissertation in response, every word of it meaningful.

    Sorry...I wish this were better....

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  62. I was truly devastated upon hearing this tragic news. Nacho was the first professor I ever had the honor of studying under in my college career. I was fortunate enough to be enrolled in his freshman colloquium last year. I could not possibly imagine a better introduction into the fast paced yet scholarly pursuit of knowledge that is a college education. Nacho's energy and compassion were an inspiration to all. His office door was always open to his students and passersby alike. I believe the fact that so many people at Willamette were familiar with Nacho's amazingly sunny demeanor and incomparable professorship regardless of whether they were his students or not, speaks greatly to his tremendous character. Some of my favorite conversations of freshman year occurred in his office, and I will never forget the amazing man I am proud to call my first professor.

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  63. Ann M. NicgorskiJuly 17, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    So saddened by this tragic news. I wish to thank Nacho for his special wisdom, and unique words/images of beauty that he shared with us all. I will miss him. Peace to his family, friends, students and colleagues...

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  64. I am so grateful for the time that I spent learning from Nacho. His light shone brightly. He will be missed.

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  65. A song that gave my friend Nacho joy:

    My life flows on in endless song above earth's lamentation.
    I hear the real, though far-off hymn that hails the new creation
    Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing;
    It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?

    What though the tempest ’round me roars, I know the truth, it liveth.
    What though the darkness ’round me close, songs in the night it giveth.
    No storm can shake my in-most calm while to that rock I'm clinging.
    Since love is lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

    When tyrants tremble, sick with fear, and hear their death-knell ringing,
    When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing?
    In prison cell and dungeon vile our thoughts to them are winging.
    When friends by shame are undefiled, how can I keep from singing?

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  66. My deepest condolences goes to his family! Nacho was not just a great teacher but one of the most impressive persons I've ever met.

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  67. In my brief conversations and time with Nacho Cordova, he had an aura around him that exuded such genuine peace, knowledge, and serenity. The words of support and admiration that friends from the Willamette community have displayed for him in the last twenty-four hours are truly inspiring. Surely this world needs more individuals that mirror what this man stood for and the ways in which he lived his life.

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  68. Irene, Willamette momJuly 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Nacho's huge heart, sharp wit, wide curiosity and deep intellect made him an incredible teacher and friend to the Willamette community. He was the embodiment of Compassion. His loss is incalculable. He was such an inspiration to my son and his peers. He welcomed and celebrated us as parents and gave of his time to teach US during parent weekend. Our deepest condolences to his family, on campus and off.

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  69. Michelle, again I cannot say how very sorry I am for Nacho's passing. My thoughts are with you, the children, and the rest of the family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. {{{{HUGS}}}}

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  70. Nacho, may you rest in peace. Your kindness and compassion have inspired me. My heart aches for Michelle and the children.

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  71. Nacho, thank you for all you have done. Your compassion for those you interacted with was always felt. Rest in peace, you changed the way I view the world.

    Will

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  72. Nacho, you radiated warmth and light...We felt it even when passing your family's home.

    Michelle, we are sending loving thoughts to you and the kids. We are only a few doors down and are available at any time. Millis family

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  73. A loss words are unable to define. Michelle, my condolences to you and your children for a tragic loss. My mother often reminded me that it will not be okay now or ever but you are strong and others surround you with strength. Love is your strength and it will help. My love is with you!

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  74. Just before reading my email and learning of Nacho's accident, a friend was lamenting that when she grew up she was not taught to make decisions for the greater good. Nacho lived his life for the greater good. He knew that our lives were bigger than we were and that we had to make this world a better place for the people who lived here. Even though I barely saw Nacho in the last 25 years,I will miss him. The greater good of mankind has lost an active player. We'll miss you Nacho.
    -Rose Woodruff, former Associate Director of the Adult Health and Development Program at the University of Maryland.

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  75. Perdito optimi et pessima. The loss of the best is worst.

    Nacho was an amazing figure to me, and to Willamette. I will miss him like a family member.

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  76. For the past several months I've wanted to reach out to you, Michelle, and Nacho to let you know how thankful I was for the time I was a part of your family.

    I remember Nacho canceled class one day after the loss of one of his past students, and he told us to be thankful for our loved ones and always cherish them. That day I went home and called my parents and told them how much I loved them, and after my mother died, I've thought of that call often, and how happy she was to receive a simple "I love you" phone call. I'm so thankful for him and his insightfulness for granting me that opportunity.

    My heart is aching for two reasons. First, at my selfish loss of an inspiration- the first educator to challenge me as he did, instruct me on mindfulness (directly and via Alex), and father figure when my own was thousands of miles away. Second, for your family's loss because I know there are no words that can be said, nothing that can be done that really makes any sense at this point. The greatest solace to be had is knowing how many countless people he has touched and inspired, and I cannot express enough how thankful I am to be included amongst them.

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  77. It was impossible to stay solemnly wrapped up in my own petty worries about grades and classes and student clubs when I was around Nacho. I would poke my head in his office, and he would bring me back to the present and the importance of human connection with one of his generous smiles, his enthusiasm and genuine listening. He was a grounding and joyful presence while I was in school. Once, I attended his "Last Lecture," and was so moved by his talk, the floodgates of my heart opened because I felt like I had understood some new meaning of life, and I was crying all over the place. I don't actually recall my epiphany, but I remember that Nacho noticed my teary face and afterwards, he asked me if I was OK. I tried to explain that I had never been better, that is was just so beautiful... and I felt like he truly saw me-- which was an incredible gift of connection. Even though I never had Nacho as a formal teacher, he was a part of my own transformation, and inspired me to want to be more present, more at peace, to walk each step with mindfulness, and to seek the goodness and curiosity of others. I am a person who didn't know him all that well, and he didn't know me well--but he was always generous with his care and time; for example, apologizing to me on Facebook (when I had posted desperately to find a black dress for the Vagina Monologues) that unfortunately he didn't have such a dress to lend us! So I can't imagine the way he must have touched the lives of those closest and most beloved to him; he certainly touched mine at a critical point, and I am so grateful to have had that chance to know this wise and wonderful person.

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  78. I did not have the privilege of taking a class with Nacho, but he once substituted for my Rhetoric class and I was immediately drawn to his smile and warm disposition. He commented on my longboard as I slid into my seat (I could tell he was a cool cat :]), and he proceeded to lead the class in the most memorable Rhetoric class I've ever attended. I also was present at an American Ethnic Studies panel where Nacho, Prof. Makau, and Prof. Cotlar unpacked a video about The Weiner Circle of Chicago. Nacho shared his incredible insights, challenged us all to think a little deeper and participate in the discussion, and quite obviously knew what he was doing.
    It is clear that his presence will be missed on campus. Thank you Nacho, for the few times I was able to interact with you. RIP.

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  79. I've been a member of the River Sangha for some five years now. I always looked forward to Nacho's dharma talks. He always spoke from the heart. It was always a pleasant experience to share rides with him when we practiced together at the Lafayette Monastery. He was warm, sincere, and had the knack of mindful listening, something rare these days. I for one am deeply saddened by his passing. sincerely martin kopf

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  80. Beth Anne HuffineJuly 17, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Michelle,
    I hold you and your children in my heart.
    Love,
    Beth Anne

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  81. Nacho combined passion, principle and patience in rare measure. He was so gentle, so generous, so gifted. I learned much from him and Michelle about the meaning of community. This devastating news ripples outward, but so does his influence continue to do so. -Leslie Dunlap

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  82. The only class I ever had from Nacho was a mindfulness meditation workshop he held two years ago out on the quad one quiet, spring evening. In my darkest hours of anxiety his words and advice have given me the clarity to put aside my worries and rest; an immeasurable gift. Te echaremos mucho de menos, Nacho. Gracias por todo.

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  83. In the great words of Nacho, "Cool beans, hot rice!" I remember when he first said this to me in class, we were all taken back but with laughter. He was a great man, so full of passion, wisdom, and love. I could tell him anything and he would pass all judgements. I was incredibly lucky to have him as my advisor for the time that I did. He allowed me to learn not only about myself, but him as well.
    He always knew when there was something wrong, and he would sit there through the tears, the frustration, and the questions and return with some of the most memorable advice. He was always so encouraging.
    It's going to be hard to spend my next three years at Willamette without him. I not only lost my advisor, but a great friend. Someone who will never be forgotten, for he made one of the most profound impacts in my young career at Willamette. It will be hard to walk into the Rhetoric department knowing he won't be there to spark imagination, discovery, and passion within me and the rest of his students. I will miss him undoubtedly.

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  85. This is a profound loss, above all to Nacho’s family and loved ones, to whom we offer our condolences and love, and also to the Willamette community. Nacho gave to us so generously of his remarkable gifts of spirit and wisdom. At his sudden passing we are made both desolate and keenly mindful (something he always gently prompted us to be) of how privileged we are to have known and worked with him. His contributions to our fellowship went far beyond the principled commitments he upheld and the high professionalism he embodied, to an abundant compassion that was at once thoroughly natural and very intentional. Even in the most fraught debates, Nacho could convey understanding and empathy to persons on all sides, while advancing his own clear thoughts about what was fair and just. Though taking important matters seriously and always acknowledging others’ dignity, he could add an inclusive sort of levity to almost any discussion. He was quick to savor moments of humor and laughter, and to make those around him feel honestly appreciated.

    A few months ago Nacho and I spoke of the loss of another colleague, and he said to me, “Even though I have been meditating on the impermanence of all things for many years, I’m still finding this hard”. He was smiling gently at me as he said this, though, and his comment was both an honest sharing of his feelings and an invitation to comradeship in a moment of quiet, shared reflection. Nacho, I’m finding this hard, but as you often advised, will try to “find joy in the struggle”, and will think of you whenever I draw on that wisdom.

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  86. I am sure there has never been anyone quite like Nathaniel "Nacho" Cordova, nor will there ever be again. To Michelle and family, we are thinking of you every moment.
    Leah Ritchie

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  87. I knew Nacho for moments at a time, but he struck me as someone with positivity and character to spare -- qualities that go such a long way. He seemed such a natural at brightening someone's day just that little bit more, with that moment's worth of attention. Peace be with him.

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  88. IThe Temple Bell Stops but the Sound Keeps Coming Out of the Flowers.

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  89. Nacho shared his open heart at the River Sangha where he shared his mindful journey with others. Thank you Nacho! My prayers are with his family and friends.-Margaret

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  90. This is the biblical passage Nacho suggested as an epigraph for the essay we have been coauthoring: "The wise in heart shall be called prudent: but the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning" (Proverbs 16:21). He had some qualms about the source, but thought it relevant to our rhetorical analysis. I do not know how I will complete the final editing process without him. He was the philosopher to my pragmatist. But I am listening for the voice of my collaborator and will try to remember his wisdoms and follow his instructions. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

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  91. Dear Michelle and family,
    With heartfelt sorrow please accept these wishes of comfort in Nacho's memory. We hold you in our hearts.
    Alison, Steve and Rebecca

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  92. Bobby Brewer-WallinJuly 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    I am in central Oregon as I receive this shocking news and looking up to the soaring trees and the hushed silence and am somehow comforted. Nacho was a colleague and friend for 12 years. He is the most compassionate man I have ever met. Last spring I had the good fortune of traveling together to a conference in Cambridge, MA and I remember walking through streets and neighborhoods sharing stories, theories, and love of life. I am saddened for my loss but rejoice in the incredible people he touched through words, photos, stories and that infectious smile. Namaste. You will be missed always.
    -Bobby

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  93. I had the pleasure of being one of Nacho's first WU students in our Rhetorical Criticism class my Sophomore year. Over the next few years I experienced several classes with Nacho, he even helped me prepare for the dreaded "comps" that all Rhetoric majors must take. His kind heart and inspiring intellect made him impossible to forget. Nacho was someone who cared about his students on all levels. He wanted us to expand not only our scholastic intellect, but become extraordinary, well-rounded people. My heart is with Nacho's family, friends, and the Willamette Community during this sad time.

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  94. Nacho recibe mi eterno abrazo al Cielo. Fue un honor re encontrarte. Apreciado "Skittles" Descansa en Paz.

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  95. Nacho helped me through a difficult time this past year when I was struggling to find happiness and meaning in life. He shared with me his own tale of personal struggles with mental health and was truly inspiring. He checked up on me and sent me uplifting poems that he said helped him out of his own darkness. He was an amazing person and words cannot describe how deeply grateful I am for his friendship and compassion.
    I send all of my love to his family and the Willamette community. I regret not being able to tell him in person how much his support meant to me.

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  96. Michelle,
    Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. We hold you in our hearts...extra hugs to Phoenix and Terra.
    Eleni

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  97. Nacho was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He was key in my ongoing development as a scholar and as a person. I took several classes with him at Willamette, and he helped me through the arduous but rewarding processes of comps and graduate school applications. I have no doubt that without Nacho, I would not be about to start my PhD coursework at the University of Maryland. He taught me so much of what I know about scholarship, teaching, and compassion.

    The last time I saw him was at NCA in November. He took the time to come to an early morning panel just to watch me present. He came in late, and I was uncharacteristically nervous. As I looked up to present my paper, I saw Nacho's friendly face, with a beaming smile as usual. That was Nacho--always caring, always supportive, always encouraging.

    I can only hope to someday be half the teacher and mentor that he was. The "Eyes of Burke" will always be upon those of us lucky enough to learn from him.

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  98. Michelle you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers every moment and I look forward to spending time with you soon. Rush and I were just remembering his last visit with us and all the pictures he took of Chelsea. Sending you all my hugs love and support. Adele

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  99. Nacho offered me patience and thoughtfulness, especially by helping me better understand the divergent perspectives that our community holds related to social justice.

    He used his talents and energy to find goodness, illuminate goodness, and nurture goodness in our Willamette world. I will miss him very much.

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  100. Michelle, Phoenix and Terra,

    My heart goes out to you and the rest of your family.

    Mrs. Dalisky

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  101. Nacho was a great man, and a great professor. His death is a tragic loss in this world. In that one month I spent at the Willamette University, Nacho was more than a professor - he was a friend. He helped me with just the fact that he was willing to talk to single one of us and help us with our problems. I still cannot believe that I will never see his wonderful face again.

    Nacho, you will always be missed, and you will be forever in our hearts.

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  102. God rest his soul

    I'm glad that I had opportunity to meet such a great man. Professor Nacho changed my world view in so many ways. That man was maybe the best professor I will ever have. I appreciate his work and everything he has learnt us, a YLP group 2011. I loved the way he talked, smiled and I especcialy loved his photographs. He was a great. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family and friends.

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  103. He was a great artist*

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  104. Nacho was truly a great man, and a fantastic professor.He changed the way I look at life in 3 short weeks, always cheered us up with his jokes, left us with something to think of with his remarkable ideas and sayings, I will always remember him, my prayers are with Cordova family...Rest in peace dear Nacho...

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  105. It's hard to put in words what kind of man Nacho was. Every time i think of him, I see him smiling. He was one of the most genuine individuals i have ever met. Nacho was my adviser while i was Willamette. I remember when he first came to Willamette. I was so happy to hear that a Latino professor was going to be teaching in the rhetoric/media studies department. I practically took all the classes he offered. He made me feel so welcomed in his classroom, I cannot thank him enough for that.

    Every time I was around Nacho I couldn't help but feeling nothing but positive energy.

    Nacho, gracias por todos los bonitos recuerdos que nos has dejado. Nunca te olvidaremos hermano. Tu sonrisa siempre estara plantada en mi mente. Nos vemos.

    Jaime

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  106. Nacho was one of the warmest, most engaging people I’ve ever met. He made a great impact upon the entire Willamette community and will be sorely missed. I feel so honored and lucky to have had him as a professor. I learned so much from him about openness, kindness and tolerance. My thoughts are with his family. - Mary Klann

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  107. Heather KyllingmarkJuly 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Nacho cared about people. I deeply appreciated the time he spent working with me on projects. I admired him as a professor and photographer and it's frankly difficult to imagine the rhetoric department without him.

    My interactions with him always caused me to think more deeply about my purpose.

    I feel very sad at his passing, and my thoughts are with you, Michelle, Phoenix, Terra & Alex.

    I am glad to have known Nacho.

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  108. "The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost."
    - Arthur Schopenhauer

    Michelle, you know how much your family means to us already, but I will keep telling you over and over and over.

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  109. It is heartwarming to read about Nacho’s deep and meaningful impact on his students and friends. It’s clear to us all, I’m sure, that he worked very hard to evolve as a person and that his growth was earned with blood, sweat and tears. It is also clear to me that the love of his parents, family, friends, children and especially Michelle enabled his growth. As a wife, I am inspired by Michelle’s constant support, encouragement and devotion to Nacho. I hope she and the rest of Nacho’s family experience a sense of pride in who Nacho became and that they will carry his sense of peace with them always.

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  110. I am still in a state of disbelief and shock, I am unable to wrap my mind around such a tremendous loss. From the moment I met Nacho, I knew he had a genuine love for his work and his students. It was a pleasure having him as an advisor and I will cherish the advise he gave me in the time we spent together. My favorite memories of Nacho are the times I happened to run into him on campus. I was never able to pass him without him flashing me a grin and saying "hi sweetheart", and I couldn't help but return his contagious smile. His presence added so much to the department, to the University and to my life personally.
    You will be missed sorely dear friend.

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  111. Dear Michelle, Phoenix, and Terra,
    Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Peace and healing,

    Mika and Henry Hippen

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  112. Jerry and Kathleen BrazaJuly 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    "And if I go,
    while you're still here...
    Know that I live on,
    vibrating to a different measure
    --behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
    You will not see me,
    so you must have faith.
    I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
    --both aware of each other.
    Until then, live your life to its fullest.
    And when you need me,
    Just whisper my name in your heart,
    ...I will be there. " Colleen Corah Hitchcock
    Michelle, Phoenix Terra, and family - continue to whisper his name - he is there - always in the deepest part of your heart. We hold you close and share your pain as all loving friends do. Lovingly, Jerry and Kathleen Braza

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  113. Michelle, I was so sorry to hear about Nacho's passing. I only met him briefly when you and your family stopped to visit Aunt Gladys - that meant so much to her. I sensed you two had a special relationship - you've lost your best friend, the one you lived with, laughed with and loved. Hold on to those special memories of your life together. Much Sympathy, Cheri(Purcell) Mason

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  114. I have held off on writing something here because it still has yet to feel real. There are no words for the way Nacho has touched this world and the people in it. I feel blessed for the time I got to spend with him at Willamette and in Puerto Rico. I am so very sad my adviser, professor and friend is gone but what he taught me has changed my life forever. I send my sincerest regards to Phoenix and the rest of the family.

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  115. Michelle,
    I'm truly sorry to hear about Nacho. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. If need anything please let me know.
    My Sympathies,
    Beth (WHS)

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  116. While I never met Nacho, we connected online at flickr and iphoneart and shared a passion for iphoneography. He always left the most interesting and thought-provoking comments on everyone's photos. His art and his words will be truly missed. My thoughts are with his wife and family.

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  117. Rest in piece our beloved professor ... I'll never forget those funny classes we had on Willamette ... I still can't belive that you'r really gone ://
    My Sympathies to family and relatives
    Marko ( BiH )

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  118. I only knew him online through photography, but he felt like a friend. He always had inspiring and supportive things to say. My heart goes out to his family and friends all over the world.

    -Ryan Murphy

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  119. Dearest Michelle, Alex, Phoenix and Terra - my heart aches for you. Reviewing these amazing comments and insights into his spirit, coupled with my own brief connection w Nacho, showcases his love, compassion, inspiration and mindfulness and ensures a great legacy for all those he touched and those he left behind.
    You are in my hearts; we are here for all of you in whatever way you need, whenever you need it dear ones.
    Our deepest condolences, Joan Towers

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  120. I am so saddened by the news of Nacho's loss. I too am a former student and even though it has been over 3 years since I left Willamette and I only took one of his classes, I am still using the wisdom, knowledge and compassion that I learned in Nacho's class today. I remember how he prioritized community by having a pot luck during one of our class periods. He wanted everyone to contribute and he made everyone feel their value. Of course, this made us all notice his unusually loving and unafraid character. Nacho made the world better and he will always be present through the hearts and minds he touched.

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  121. I never had the opportunity to take an actual class from Nacho, however, during my last semester at Willamette Nacho taught me more than he could have done inside a classroom. I struggled so much during my final weeks at Willamette and I would not have survived or graduated if it were not for Nacho's guidance and encouragement. Having never talked to him before during my time as a rhetoric major, he welcomed me into his office with a smile. I will never forget the entertaining van ride to Idaho with him, and his friendly face in the audience as he was the respondent at my first conference. Thank you Nacho for all of your help and support during the short time I knew you. You will be missed by all.

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  122. When Nacho would appear at my office door he would always bring a gift: a kind word, a smile, a breath of peace. He was a deep deep blessing in my life, in our lives. I know that in our sorrow he would have us notice and learn something about attachment, but I also believe that our tears honor the extraordinary man we have lost physically but whose memory still abides and blesses us. Michelle, Alex, Phoenix, Terra, you are in my thoughts and prayers, for you are always in Nacho's heart.
    Karen Wood

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  123. Dear Cordova family, all my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The first time I met Nacho, two years ago, he showed me pictures of all his children on his iphone. The next time I met him was at an interfaith event in Salem where he led a meditation.

    It was always abundantly clear to all of us that he was someone very, very special, full of love and passion. He was so incredibly wise, kind and generous to all of us. Also, he was super cool.

    I can't find the words to say how very, very sorry I am that the world will be without Nacho.

    Thank you so much for sharing Nacho with us.

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  124. I'm sorry for the loss we are all experiencing, but especially those closest to him, his family. I know how it hurts to lose someone so dear. What a blessing that we all had contact with Nacho, however near or far. May we find comfort in knowing that all is as it should be. It was clearly Nacho's time. Rats! Although I barely knew Nacho, it was obvious that he was special from the few times I attended the River Sangha. After reading more about Nacho and all of the comments, I am more inspired and impressed than ever by what a great example he was for us all. Nacho, Thank you for honoring us all with your presence, your engagement, your delightful spirit. Cathy Monroe

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  125. It is a refection of the strength of Nacho's spirit, that even though I only knew him online, I feel the loss of his passing. I can't imagine the impact on those closest to him...my thoughts are with you, may you be given the strength that you need to get through this.
    I will miss his insightful comments and kindness and the beauty and vision of his creations. Gone much too soon, but the world was blessed to have him.

    "For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
    And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
    Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
    And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
    And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance."
    KAHLIL GIBRAN

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  126. Dear Michelle and kids
    I found out this tragic news here in Bologna at a congress that Nacho liked very much, on the history of rhetoric. We gathered last night, Gaines, Bob Sullivan, myself and Sean O'Rourke, in shock, thinking how to celebrate Nach's memory. He was loved by all and he loved us all! We all feel special to have met him, known him, count him as our friend! We send you our love and condoleances! Missing you, Nacho, always and forever! Noemi Marin

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  127. Dear Nacho's family,
    I met Nacho while on retreat in Estes Park, Colorado in 2005. We joined the Order of Interbeing on the same day, we were part of the "Mountain" family. I believe his dharma name was True Mountain of Compassion. He seemed to have tremendous compassion and loving-kindness that he was willing to share with everyone. He seemed to also be full of energy, motivation, and creative ideas for how to make a difference in the world. I send you all much loving-kindness and wishes for peace. My thoughts are with you.
    Erica Hamilton
    Truly Flowery Mountain

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  128. This is dedicated to my dear and beloved professor Nacho and to his family.

    "Peace and tranquility, only the highest good and the dignity of modest
    fate and the nameless people.", said once Ivo Andric.

    This is what I learned and many more from Nacho.
    He taught me how to be strong person and to never give up from my dreams and causes. He dedicated so much of him to others; his energy and kindness. And I will be forever thankful on everything I learned from him.
    I met Nacho when I was on YLP program in 2009 in Salem. He was remarkable teacher and leader.

    For me, Nacho was my inspirational persona and my guide.

    There is a light that never goes out! I hope you find your own peace and eternal quiet, good man.
    Thank you on everything again! You will always shine in our hearts!

    Zvijezdana Markovic, YLP 2009 student, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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  129. I had the honour to be a student of professor Nacho last year on the Youth Leadership program, and I was really sad when I heard about his death. On his his classes I always felt like talking to an honest friend as well as to a professor. His enthusiasm and energy, the fact that he never forgot to start a class with a smile had a big influence on my teenage pesonality, I was 16 years old then. Rest in peace professor and friend.

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  130. Tamara Visekruna, YLP studentJuly 19, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Nacho was the person who gave me strength and inspiration to make something out of my life. The memory of him will never fade.

    Thank you for everything, professor!

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  131. Valentina VidakovicJuly 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    "So why say goodbye? What are we sorry for?
    I have lived a magnificent life
    because I really new how to do it
    If you hear:I died
    -don't believe it
    Because it's something I don't know how to do.
    Love is the only air I've been breathed
    and laughter the only language in the world that I understand

    I have just dropped by on this earth to give you a wink.
    To leave something behind
    like a fluttering trace.

    Therefore,don't be sad.
    The only thing I care for is
    to remain silly in your eyes and strangely dear to your heart.

    At night,when you look up to the sky,
    you give me wink too
    let it be secret.

    In spite of gray days,
    when you see a comet turning the horizon red,
    remember: its me
    still silly flying and living."

    I don't want to accept that you are gone for ever. I am looking to the sky.

    Valentina Vidakovic,Bosnia and Herzegovina, YLP2011

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  132. Ivana Lukenda, B&HJuly 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    When I was chosen to participate in the Youth Leadership Program 2009 I didn’t know what to expect. Before going to the USA I was full of excitement and couldn’t wait to learn, to meet other people and to visit different places. At the first lecture by Nacho, my life started changing. Maybe it was a little thing for someone, but what this man said and his sincere smile made me think who we really are and what we really have to do. I remember I sat for hours next to Nacho and absorb what he was saying, and when I asked him something, he would first look at me so friendly, smiled and then he would answer me so sincerely and deeply, trying to do his best. He taught me to respect people no matter who they are, he taught me to answer on insults with a smile, he taught me to answer on hate with love and he taught me always to fight for what I think is good. He was a person who would everytime on his lecture bring some news and make that lecture even more interesting. I wasn’t fascinated only by his simplicity which I represent to myself as perfection, but also by his love for his kids. I remember how Nacho stayed after the lectures and talked to us about them. He showed us pictures and spoke with so much love about a beautiful girl called Terra. I could cry because there exist such a good father. I wish one day I could be such a good parent as he was. His arrival to Bosnia and Herzegovina last year was the most beautiful surprise for me. Nacho's hug would turn the whole world and make me forget all problems. He was and he’s still the best inspiration to grow up in a good human being.

    Forever in my heart!

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  133. Michelle, I never had a chance to meet Nacho but after reading so much about him he sounded like an amazing man. So sorry to hear about your loose. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Love, Barbie (Purcell) Larrison

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  134. I had Nacho for two classes. I admired the way he could be would listen to others and their different points of view. I loved the attitude that he brought to class, encouraging everybody to be rhetorical critics. I learned a lot from Nacho, and was always grateful for the way he valued the campus community and the relationships amongst everybody.
    Peace,
    Carl Cramer, class of 2008

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  135. I was always looking forward to having Nacho as a professor, and unfortunately I was not able to. However, I met him when I declared my major and from that day on whenever I saw him he greeted me warmly, and always checked to see how I was doing. He had the reputation on campus of being an energetic, knowledgeable, and very respected individual and I feel very lucky to have met him!

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  136. Although I only had the opportunity to meet Nacho once, I send my love to his children. I lost my father only a few months ago, so I share in your grief. Here are some things that a dear friend shared with me after the memorial service:

    1.Your father loved you completely, fully, and with every particle of his being.
    2.Your father still loves you that completely.
    3.Your relationship with your father is not over. It will continue to evolve and grow over the years. You will still hear his voice, you will still ask for his help and advice, and somehow you will still receive it. Your relationship has changed, but it has not ended.

    You are not alone.

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  137. I was a Rhetoric student at Willamette so I got to be in one of Nacho's classes. He was extremely thoughtful and kind as a professor and as a mentor to his students. It's still hard to believe this happened. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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  138. Nacho taught me so many things, but the one that will always spring to mind first when I think of him is this aphorism: To be an academic is to always "think otherwise." This was Nacho in a nutshell. He was so maddeningly and marvelously otherwise, refusing to settle for an easy judgment or conclusion, always insisting that there was more to consider. I know plenty of "otherwise" academics, but what made Nacho so singular was the gentleness and love with which he performed the role of the skeptic. He was so smart, so curious, so kind, and so giving of himself. My thoughts go out to the enormous community of people whose lives were touched by Nacho, and especially to his family who I know he loved with a joy and passion unbounded. May the memory of this most joyous and passionate man inspire us all to live just a little bit better in every passing moment.

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  139. Michelle,

    We were so sorry to hear about Nacho. He really touched many peoples lives, you must feel so proud of him. I know this is something that is so overwhelming and difficult for you and your family. I hope that you find some peace in his memories and in your children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Stacie, Keith, Ryan & Madi Spencer

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  140. Nacho was my first facilitator at the Salem River Sangha. I was moved by his devotion and gentleness. I hope it is comforting for his family to read these comments and know how far spread Nacho's influence has been. I wish all his loved ones peace as we go through this period of loss.
    With love, Julia Smith

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  141. Sending prayers of comfort and peace to Michelle and Family. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time. What a legacy Nacho left on this Earth.
    May you find strength and comfort.
    Sincerely,
    Bethany Cooley and Volunteer Staff at WVHS

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  142. Nacho was an audience member to a very small panel at one of my first NCA presentations. Afterwards he touched me deeply with a personal story of his own, taking the time to share and talk with me. It was a powerful moment that I will never forget. Grateful for the beauty he walked with in the world and saddened by the loss.

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  143. Nacho's light was and is so brilliant - so indelible, it is amazing. People he met briefly, through my husband or I are now sending condolences. From a friend whose only encounter with Nacho was an elevator ride at a Chicago convention in 1998: "I just never forgot him. He was so nice." There are more than one or two stories like that. Truly, a light that shines so brightly will never be put out.

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  144. I'm at a loss for words. A rare thing for a college professor. I first met Nacho at a professional conference. The previous year he was hired my alma mater, Willamette University. I was on the job market and a friend introduced us. He was immediately generous with his time, took me under his wing, and had much to do with me getting my first job offer. Since then our friendship only grew stronger, both professionally and personally. We coauthored a paper that was published in 2010. We ate at Word of Mouth Bistro just a few months ago. He was a great colleague, inspirational to me and so many others, one of those rare people that simply oozes goodness. I will miss him dearly.

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  145. Nacho indeed was an incredible person. I appreciated the chance to get to know him during my exchange year. He encouraged me a lot last year when I was somehow frustrated about academic stuff in class. I liked to play jokes with him and ran into him in Willamette. His bright smile always cheered me up. He gave me a lot of inspiration towards life too. Before I went back to Hong Kong. We indeed planned to have coffee at Bistro together. The most special thing about him is the passion he had about life which made me like to be friend with him so much. I can tell he enjoyed every second to be with everyone.

    Miss you Nacho

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family Michelle.

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  146. I think of Nacho as a person who always said, “Yes.” And not just “yes,” but also “yes, and would you like to join me?” Knowing Nacho, reading the comments here, and hearing the stories told at the memorial service yesterday, I am moved by to how much of life, and to how many of us, he said, “yes” – and how fortunate we are for having accepted his invitations in return.

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  147. I mourn this significant loss to our human community. Although our moments of engagement were few, he offered extraordinary--truly extraordinary--generosity and kindness. I am forever touched by him. My thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends, and colleagues.

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  148. Oh Nacho, my first boyfriend (I was 9, you were 10), I can't believe you are gone. Although I haven't seen you in 34 years, it was wonderful to find you and Edel again, through Facebook, and discover (again) what an amazing soul you are. My heart goes out to your wife Michelle and your children, and Edel of course, who just wrote to me and told me. I shall hold Edel

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  149. Wow, I'm sorry to hear of Nacho's passing. Its been a great number of years since we've seen Nacho or Michelle. I think Amy and I met Pheonix once when he was very small and still here in Maryland. Despite the time, I fondly remember the times we shared with him. Most memorable, and a time Amy and I keep wishing we could revive, was having occasional dinners with Nacho, Michelle, Elias, and us. I know there were few others. Anyway, we would take turns, I believe once a month - maybe once a week, and choose a new different place to go to dinner. It's been so long I don't remember how long we did this, but I do remember at least 6-8 different restaurants. It was fun to see who would choose next and were we would end up. These were much simpler times before kids. This is my memory of Nacho. Smiling, eating, adventurous, joking, fun. I will remember these days, and Nacho, for the rest of my life. My sincere condolences on his passing.

    Yours in Service,
    Mark Donovan and Amy Rottier

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  150. Its crazy to think that when walking around the 3rd floor of Ford, I will no longer see Nacho's smiling face. Nacho was an incredible influence during my past 2 years at Willamette, as he welcomed me into the Rhetoric department with open arms. He went out of his way to help me with my application to grad school, and I am truly grateful for all of his support. Its going to be difficult not having him around as I finish my education at Willamette, but I am blessed to have had Nacho as an adviser, a professor, and a friend.

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  151. There will be a little hole in my NCA life without my annual hug from Nacho. I can only imagine how big a hole this leaves in his family and his department. My deepest sympathy to you all.

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  152. Nacho, paying attention to the leaves and flowers, and feeling the breeze on my face this morning, I know you are always with me, available at any time. As the bell sounds and reverberates, your presence continues. May it be so with loving-kindness.

    Dear friend, thank you for touching me as well as countless others. My life is richer for walking with you. I embrace the joy of life in your honor.

    With a bow of gratitude,
    Larry

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  153. What a great loss. I was fortunate to be colleagues with Nacho for a couple of years and see his incisive mind and sweet heart at work.

    Michelle, our hearts are with you and the children.

    Paul & Susan Turpin

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  154. Nacho was my swim coach in Maryland for three years and then I worked under him as an assistant for one year before he moved with his beautiful family to Oregon. Upon his departure, I took over the coaching job from him.

    Nacho was much more than a swim coach. He was a life coach and mentor. He was so positive and even keeled that his disposition rubbed off on those around him. Through my years coaching, I would always reflect on "What would Nacho do?" when faced upon a difficult situation. Now he is no longer with us and I am forced again to think of "What would Nacho do?" Nacho was so Zen like and philosophical in his ways that he would celebrate the person's life and continue to hold the memories high of a lost loved one. That is what I am deciding to do, and I hope many of you can find solace in doing as well.

    From the ways Nacho got me to appreciate different types of people, work through issues with girlfriends, and be a strong leader I know he will live on in my heart and mind. He took an interest in every soul he met as an individual and appreciated aspects of their lives that most would overlook. He truly had a gift of making everyone feel special and appreciated.

    His sense of humor and gentle remarks were always welcome and helped put things in perspective when times were tough. These are valuable lessons that I have carried with me since meeting Nacho. From the way he guided me and the rest of our team with his personality and sincere interest in us through the way he embraced our mimicking of his dialect when pronouncing the word goggles as "goooooogles", his memory will live on and we are all better people for having Nacho been a part of our lives.

    Kristopher Santos- Montpelier Marlins

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  155. Oh what a loss. Michelle: my heart totally goes out to YOU, the kids and the rest of your families.
    While I only met Nacho a couple times, it was clear that here was a guy who was fully experiencing life and all that it has to offer. That book store in Portland...I had the feeling he could have slept there so he could read, read, read! His interest in photography was well justified. The man knew how to capture images and tell a story with the lens.
    Clearly he has touched many many people, and that (perhaps) is the greatest thing we can say about him. He left his mark on so many.

    Rush Cahall

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  156. It is remarkable how many people in the community of Montpelier, Maryland fondly remember Nacho. While he was not a resident of Montpelier, he embraced, and was in turn embraced, by our community. At the time our paths crossed he was the Coach of our community swim team, a new husband and father, a mentor and example to many, and a friend of mine.

    In my mind Nacho never quite fit the traditional image of an athletic coach. Rather, he struck me as the perfect example of what one really hoped for in a coach. Never boastful or angry, Nacho was calm, caring and encouraging. It was evident to me that he would become an excellent Father, Teacher and Mentor, and the presentations I have read validate my intuitions.

    It is remarkable how Nacho is so beloved by all he encountered, no matter how briefly or how long ago. Truly it is a testament to his worth as a man, that his reputation is not measured in his personal achievements, however great they may be, but rather by the sentiments of those whose lives he touched. This sudden loss, and that he was taken from us much too soon, only serves to amplify our grief and cause us to ask, over and over, "What if?"

    - Joseph E. Criscuoli
    Montpelier, Maryland

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  157. Family and friends of Nacho, I have been reeling since I heard the news this past Monday. It took me days to gather thoughts, which you can see here:

    http://pfisternia.net/?p=79

    If there's anything I can do, please let me know. Like so many others, I would like to help.

    --Damien Pfister, UNL
    Former teaching assistant for Nacho

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  158. Family and friends of Nacho,

    I'm putting the finishing touches on a book of essays. Nacho contributed one, and I'm responding to the copy editor's comments.

    I am saddened yet connected to Nacho as I go through this process.

    Nacho references the Japanese philosopher Kiyoshi Miki who argues that technology mediates the confrontation between “the active subject and the environment." I just tracked down the source of the quotation--Miki's collected works from 1968. And I am having this strange sensation of connecting with and of also tracing the thoughts of those who have gone away.

    When we found out that Nacho had passed away, the contributors to the collection decided that it should be dedicated to his memory. The book will come out in January 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

    traces and ghosts are not bad things.... and technology enables those ghosts to go on living.... "The Temple Bell Stops but the Sound Keeps Coming Out of the Flowers...."

    Reading and writing too are ghost shapes, memories....

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