Víctor Manuel García Pérez
July 9, 1940 – November 20, 2019
Victor Manuel Garcia Perez, 79, of Yellow Springs, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2019. Victor was born on July 9, 1940, in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of the late Victor Garcia Gomez and Dinah Perez Diez. Victor immigrated to the United States in the 1960s to continue his education. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Missouri, which led him to teach at Antioch College as a professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and History. During his very long tenure at Antioch, he pioneered an engaging, effective method of instruction, leading to a very high Spanish fluency rate in his students. He also developed and led numerous study-abroad programs, which allowed students to get a long-term, immersive experience in his native Mexico, Costa Rica, and Cuba. In addition, he conducted several scholarly trips to Cuba and Japan and served as an electoral observer in El Salvador. While widely respected for his teaching and scholarly activity, he was equally engaged with the community at large. A progressive humanist and social-justice warrior, he championed racial, economic, and gender equality. He was an active member of HUMAN (Help Us Make A Nation) and DCASC (the Dayton Central America Solidarity Committee), and he helped found Del Pueblo, an advocacy group offering a range of services to the Spanish-speaking community.
Victor spent every day of his life as if it were his last—with energy, optimism, and compassion for others. His passion for life, love, and justice and his strong spirit made him a unique individual who positively touched the lives of many. He cherished the time he spent philosophizing and debating politics with friends, and he could always be counted on to be the humorist. He was an avid aficionado of Mexican soccer and a loyal Cincinnati Reds fan. He loved to travel; his adventurous spirit and natural curiosity drove him to explore the world and taste different cultures. He treasured his family immensely and was a warm, respected father figure to many generations. Victor is preceded in death by his parents, Victor Garcia Gomez and Dinah Perez Diez; father-in-law, Gregorio Lopez Munoz; sister Maria Montes Garcia; and brothers-in-law Jesus Montes Castro, Jaime Cardenas Peña, and Edgar Lopez Flores. He is survived by his spouse, Erendira Lopez Garcia; daughter and son-in-law, Dinah and Mark Tolley; son and daughter-in-law, Victor and Heather Garcia; son Emilio Rodrigo Garcia; grandsons, Alexander and Alan Tolley; granddaughters, Anna-Marie Parthun, Kelsey Lorraine Parthun, and Shelby Elisabeth Parthun; great-granddaughter, Layla Rose Sleeman; sister Dinah Garcia Cardenas; brother and sister-in-law, Rafael and Rebecca Garcia; mother-in-law, Elvia Lopez Flores; brothers-in-law Gregorio and Jair Lopez; sister-in-law, Martha Jimenez; and several nieces and nephews. The family will hold services November 30, 2019, at 11:00 am at St. Paul Catholic Church, 308 Phillips Street, Yellow Springs. A friends-and-family gathering to honor Victor will follow at Vernet Ecological Center at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Contributions in Victor’s memory may be made to www.delpuebloinc.org
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
Víctor Manuel García Pérez
December 1, 2019
Victor was one of those professors that made you feel like you are a friend. I still think of him fondly after some 40 years since I took classes and traveled to Mexico and Cuba with him. What a sweetheart!
November 28, 2019
Dear Erendira, Emileo, & Family,
Victor had a uniquely positive and genuine way of greeting everyone. I didn't get to see him often enough in recent years, but if I had, I would have immediately recognized his happy, friendly voice. He patiently listened to my broken high school Spanish, and he spoke with me in great detail about Isabel Allende novels on several occasions. He always remembered my love for magic realism and Allende. I felt special that he would remember something like that about me. I knew if he could recall my interests, he must have been as thoughtful of others he encountered. He likely had a similar kind way with each person he met.
While I am proud to have known Victor, I do not know enough about his many contributions to the community at large. I speak only from limited yet memorable now poignant encounters. It was always a joy to see you together as a family. I know you and your family will miss Victor deeply in the months & years to come. I know too that he loved you dearly. It was just evident in every conversation and interaction. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Virginia ( Ginger) Lines
November 26, 2019
I am. one of those many whose life was touched by his. So glad to have known his company, shared in his light, for a portion of this journey we are all on together. We were made richer by his presence. It is with smiles though, that we think o him. I am sorry, Victor, that you are gone from all you would have stayed with if you could. I grieve for that loss to yourself and for those who dearly love you. I will always remember you with smiles, and I think we all will. What a wonderful legacy - smiles.
November 21, 2019
I will miss my amigo who coached me through cancer treatment and recovery. Victor was a kind soul who helped the less fortunate and educated the community. He was a distinguished Hispanic Ohioan and a friend to all. Erendira and Emilio have our deepest condolences. May God Bless you and comfort you.