July 31, 2000
Elsa Alvarez, associate professor emerita of Spanish, died recently in Florida.
Alvarez retired as an associate professor in 1980 after serving 16 years on the faculty. Before joining WMU, she served on the faculties of Fort Dodge Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Universidad Central-Santa Clara in Las Villas, Cuba.
After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Havana in 1946, Alvarez went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1966 and a second doctoral degree from Michigan State University in 1971.