In Memoriam: Professor Antonio Jorge

The Department of Politics and International Relations was deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved Professor Emeritus, Antonio Jorge, who died on Monday, Feb. 6 at the age of 80.

from The Miami Herald, 02/09/2012:

Jorge authored or edited 20 books and numerous academic articles, essays and monographs — most of them on Latin American and Cuban economic trends and issues. He also wrote frequent opinion columns for newspapers, including El Nuevo Herald.

In South Florida, he was considered an expert analyst on Cuba’s economic ups and down and was often quoted by the media.

Before coming into exile, Jorge taught at the University of Havana, was chief economist for the Cuban National Association of Manufacturers, chief economist and vice minister of finance for the Cuban government, and president of the Colegium of Cuban Economists in Cuba 1960-1961.

Jorge fled Cuba early in the Fidel Castro government and taught at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, Merrimack College in Massachusetts, the University of Miami and FIU.

He was vice president and provost at St. Thomas, associate executive vice president of FIU, and served as chairman of the Florida governor’s commission on Florida’s Hispanic population.