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In Tribute to Julia Rose Cayuso 1957-2018

With great sorrow, we inform the Osher Network of the passing of our esteemed colleague, Dr. Julia Rose Cayuso, director of the Osher Institute at the University of Miami. Julia died as the result of an injury she sustained in an accidental fall. Her family will host a visitation on May 6th, further details can be found on the Dignity Memorial site here

Julia and Eric

Eric Gillespie, Program Director, Bernard Osher Foundation and Julia Cayuso, Director, OLLI at the University of Miami at the 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference

As any of the 1,200+ members of OLLI at UM would attest, Julia possessed inimitable energy and positivity. Her efforts empowering members and volunteers to develop curriculum, events, and engage in governance have made a tremendous transformation in the program. She was always happy to share her experiences and skills in webinars and presentations at Osher Institutes National Conferences. She also served as a trusted counselor to the Osher NRC and her Osher Network colleagues. In a statement to OLLI members, University of Miami dean Dr. Rebecca Fox reiterated her colleague’s impact:

Dr. Julia Cayuso’s legacy will be to have created a place of consequential and joyous learning for people 50 and better, and a community of learners who value and support one another. She epitomized what OLLI stands for, and she cared deeply for each one of you and your experience as part of the community”.

Julia joined OLLI at UM as director in 2012, leading a remarkable rebuilding of the program which included emphasis on foreign languages – one of her great passions in life, and the foundation for much of her master’s and doctoral degree work. Dr. Cayuso was also a long-time University of Miami staff member, having worked on several programs for decades during her higher education leadership career. With specializations in linguistics and foreign language learning, Julia inventively integrated her tandem responsibilities for the University of Miami’s Intensive Language Programs with course offerings and international cultural study at OLLI.

To honor Julia, The University of Miami has created the “Dr. Julia Rose Cayuso Fund” for OLLI at UM. Dr. Fox notes, “Her loss to us is incalculable, but the best tribute to her and her work will be the continued strengthening of the organization she gave so much of herself to, and which she loved so much.”

The Osher NRC joins our colleagues at the Osher Foundation and the University of Miami in paying tribute to the iridescent spirit and abundant leadership impact of our friend’s life and the contributions she made to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Network.

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