Dr. José Vázquez, a professor of the sciences in the Liberal Studies Program, passed away last weekend due to natural causes. Dr. Vázquez, who was a Master Teacher in the program, received both the Liberal Studies Excellence in Teaching Award and the Liberal Studies Faculty Mentor Award in 2010.
With a career that spanned 25 years, he joined NYU’s faculty in 2001. It was here, according to his teaching statement, that he aimed to help students “become independent thinkers even in a subject area far from their academic and personal interests.”
Among the classes he taught were Life Science, History of the Universe, and Environmental Science.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, his Master’s degree in Cell Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D in Education Policy from the CUNY Graduate Center.
In an email to Liberal Studies students, Dean Fred Schwarzbach praised Dr. Vázquez’s legacy, saying that “through his teaching, his advising, and his informal mentoring, [he] inspired many hundreds of Liberal Studies students to study science and to pursue careers in medicine.”
“We all feel his loss deeply,” the email said. The program is planning a memorial for Dr. Vazquez in the coming weeks.