Professor Francisco Javier Virgen
by Gerardo España Larreta, AIPS America Secretary General
COLIMA, May 2, 2017 - AIPS America has lost on Sunday April 30 one of its most distinguished leaders, Professor Francisco Javier Virgen, member of the Court of Honor of our entity.
His death occurred in his beloved city of Colima, Mexico, after several days of tenacious and courageous struggle for his life, after suffering a heart attack.
Professor Virgen was president of FEMECRODE (Mexican Federation of Sport Writers). In this way he organized the Congress of the FEPEDA (Federation of Sports Journalists of America in those years) in his native city, Colima, in 2007, a meeting that, in his hand, reached a remarkable success.
He integrated the last two executives of AIPS America, until 2011 as treasurer and since then in the function of component of the Court of Honor.
His intellectual qualities and his inclination for teaching always gave precedence to his name as Knight or Professor, who punctuated his virtues, which he generously shared with friends and colleagues in each of the events of our entity.
His unexpected departure full of grief and pain to the family of sports journalism in Mexico, to which AIPS America sends its feelings of regret, which we ask are extended to the members of his distinguished family.
AIPS America declares official mourning for this unfortunate event that occurs less than three months after the closing of the current executive committee, which pays homage of respect and admiration to the figure of the unforgettable "Professor and Knight Virgen".
With pain and respect
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