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OBITUARY

Alex R. Quiroga, PhD

July 23, 1935January 29, 2021
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MARBLEHEAD - Dr. Alex R. Quiroga of Marblehead, loving husband of Beatriz F. Quiroga (née Flores), passed away into the loving arms of God with his family by his side on Friday, January 29th, 2021 at age 85. He was born to Juan and Victoria on July 23, 1935 in Oruro, Bolivia.

Dr. Quiroga was professor Emeritus at Salem State University, where he taught Spanish and Literature. He was esteemed and admired by both colleagues and students. Dr. Quiroga retired in 1996 as Head of the Foreign Language Department. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Sant Cugat del Vallés in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Quiroga received his Master’s Degree from Middlebury College. He earned his PhD in Spanish Literature from Boston University. He was awarded Professor of the Year in Foreign Languages at the national level. Dr. and Mrs. Quiroga were very involved with the Catholic Church through which they took Marriage Encounter to Bolivia. Dr. Quiroga was an author and a ham radio operator who loved to travel, read, and play games. Most of all, spending time with his family brought him great joy. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a man of great character and faith.

Dr. Quiroga is survived by his wife of 57 years Beatriz F. Quiroga, his daughter Beatriz M. Mueller and his grandson Nicolas Noah Mueller of Lexington, his daughter Marcel V. Quiroga and Mark A. Tremblay of Salem, and his grandchildren, Alexandra-Lucia Baković of Branford, Connecticut, Jordi-Antonio and Valentina Baković, and his great-granddaughter, Victoria Elena Baković of Marblehead. Additionally, Dr. Quiroga leaves behind his extended family members across the United States, Bolivia, and Brazil that love him and will miss him dearly.

The family has entrusted Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home in Marblehead with the arrangements. A Mass followed by a private burial will be held on Thursday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead with COVID 19 attendance restrictions in place. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the UNICEF Covid-relief fund via the website below or at unicefusa.org.

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  • Funeral Mass with Covid 19 Capacity limits in place

    Thursday, February 4, 2021

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Gail Kanarski

February 12, 2021

Dear Beatize and Daughters and Family,

Before the pandemic, I was bringing communion to Alex and Beatrize. I was happy to pray with You Beatrize and with Alex. I could see You were always faithful and close to God. I t was very special around Chhristmas 2019, I was able to see Your Manger figures on your mantle., from Bolivia!!! That was so special. I hope to bring communion again after this pandemic. Take care Beatrize.

Gail Kanarski

Susan Pippin

February 4, 2021

Beatriz, I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss. I have wonderful memories of our time working together and send you my thoughts and good wishes.
Susan Pippin

Marie Ruiz-Martinez

February 2, 2021

Querida Familia,
Nos duele mucho la partida de Don Alex. Tenemos tantos recuerdos carinosos de el. Me acuerdo cuando estabamos en UMass y visitabamos la familia en Marblehead, MA. Don Alex siempre nos recibia con tanto carino. Me acuerdo cuando estuvo con nosotros en nuestra boda. Hoy en mi librero encontre uno de sus libros que me habia dedicado muchos anos atras. Siempre estara en nuestros corazones. Dios lo recibira con sus brazos extendidos pues necesita un angel con una voz tan melodiosa como la de Don Alex. Les extendemos un abrazo muy fuerte, Con mucho carino la Familia Barry-Ruiz, John, Marie, Alejandra e Isabel

Betty and Jim Foley

February 1, 2021

We fondly remember the good times we had with our families and especially our trip to Italy with our friends. Alex was a wonderful person who made everyone feel comfortable with his warmth and smile.

Margaret Bowen

January 31, 2021

Rich and I are so sorry to hear of Alex’s passing. We extend our sincere condolences to all of the family. We’ll always remember his wonderful smile and his exceptional warmth. Also, Dr. Quiroga was the finest Spanish professor we have ever encountered.

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Biography

MARBLEHEAD - Dr. Alex R. Quiroga of Marblehead, loving husband of Beatriz F. Quiroga (née Flores), passed away into the loving arms of God with his family by his side on Friday, January 29th, 2021 at age 85. He was born to Juan and Victoria on July 23, 1935 in Oruro, Bolivia.

Dr. Quiroga was professor Emeritus at Salem State University, where he taught Spanish and Literature. He was esteemed and admired by both colleagues and students. Dr. Quiroga retired in 1996 as Head of the Foreign Language Department. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Sant Cugat del Vallés in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Quiroga received his Master’s Degree from Middlebury College. He earned his PhD in Spanish Literature from Boston University. He was awarded Professor of the Year in Foreign Languages at the national level. Dr. and Mrs. Quiroga were very involved with the Catholic Church through which they took Marriage Encounter to Bolivia. Dr. Quiroga was an author and a ham radio operator who loved to travel, read, and play games. Most of all, spending time with his family brought him great joy. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a man of great character and faith.

Dr. Quiroga is survived by his wife of 57 years Beatriz F. Quiroga, his daughter Beatriz M. Mueller and his grandson Nicolas Noah Mueller of Lexington, his daughter Marcel V. Quiroga and Mark A. Tremblay of Salem, and his grandchildren, Alexandra-Lucia Baković of Branford, Connecticut, Jordi-Antonio and Valentina Baković, and his great-granddaughter, Victoria Elena Baković of Marblehead. Additionally, Dr. Quiroga leaves behind his extended family members across the United States, Bolivia, and Brazil that love him and will miss him dearly.

The family has entrusted Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home in Marblehead with the arrangements. A Mass followed by a private burial will be held on Thursday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead with COVID 19 attendance restrictions in place. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the UNICEF Covid-relief fund via the website below or at unicefusa.org.