[Coral-List] Passing of Pedro Alcolado

Billy Causey - NOAA Federal billy.causey at noaa.gov
Wed Jun 21 14:56:43 EDT 2017

The sad news that Dr. Pedro Alcolado had passed away last week circulated
very quickly. Thank you for making us aware of the passing of your great
instructor and friend.  Like so many who have posted tributes to Pedro, I
too have known him for about 20 years. He frequently reminded me to take
care of the sponges and other marinelife too, not just the corals.  His
sense of humor was infectious and often so subtle that the only hint was
his slight smile when he was about to deliver the punch line. He earned the
respect that people are showing him by being the incredible master that he
was in science. He was a constant voice (a very quite one) who made his
points with very few words.

When I periodically posted something on the coral-list, I would always get
a short personal note from Pedro, most often concurring with the points
that I was trying to make. I always took his comments to be sincere and
instructional. Pedro will be missed in person, but his impact on marine
science and our coral reef community will live forever.

My most sincere condolences go out to Pedro Alcolado's family, friends and

With the Utmost Respect,
Billy D. Causey

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 12:17 PM, Alain Duran <ecoaduran at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear coral-list members,
> It is with a heavy heart and deep appreciation for his commitment to coral
> reef conservation that I share with you that Dr. Pedro Alcolado (Profe
> Pedro) passed way last night. Pedro was one of the top Cuban marine
> scientists who contributed to innumerable scientific projects resulting in
> dozens scientific articles and books. Beyond his excellent scientific
> career, Pedro was known as a great instructor who advocated for deeply and
> open discussion that we, his students, will always remember.
> Es con profundo dolor y reconocimiento a su trabajo para la conservación
> marina
> de los arrecifes coralinos que les informo que el Dr. Pedro Alcolado
> falleció en horas de la noche. Pedro fue uno de los mejores  investigadores
> marinos cubanos que contribuyo en innumerables proyectos que culminaron
> en artículos y libros científicos. Mas allá de su excelente carrera
> científica, Pedro
> fue conocido como un gran instructor que siempre nos enseño, a nosotros sus
> estudiantes, la discusión científica profunda y libre que siempre
> recordaremos
> We offered our sincerest condolences to his family and colleagues at the
> Institute of Oceanology, Cuba.
> Le enviamos nuestras condolencias a su familia y colegas del Instituto de
> Oceanologia
> Alain Duran (Florida International University, US)
> Patricia Gonzalez-Diaz (Centro de Investigaciones Marinas, Cuba)
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Billy D. Causey, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Advisor
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
National Marine Protected Areas Center
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