Office of the President - The University of Texas at Brownsville
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013  

Dear Colleagues,


It is with great sadness that I share with you news of the death of two of our colleagues who spent many years with our campus community.


image001 Mr. Eucebio “Scooby” Garza passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the age of 66. He began working for UTB in 1995 in the Office of Accounting, where he became an accounting supervisor. In 2002, Scooby joined the Student Affairs team as Business and Operations Manager for Athletics.


Prior to UTB, he worked in the Texas State Technical College System for over 19 years.


“Scooby enjoyed being around our student athletes and our coaching staff and simply being part of something special at UTB,” said Dr. Hilda Silva, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Those of us who were fortunate to know Scooby understood he was a special man. He always had a smile to share, and it was evident he enjoyed what he was doing. We are all better for having known him and he will truly be missed.”


Scooby is survived by his wife of 46 years, Celia “Chela” G. Garza, and their three children, Mark, Veronica and Sandy and his four adored grandchildren.


Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 9. A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rudy Garza Funeral Home at 1702 E Harrison Ave., Harlingen.


The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 209 S. 10th St., Harlingen.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Garza family.

image004 We are also saddened of the death of long-time faculty member, Mr. Jose Amieva.


He passed away Friday, Aug. 23 at Valley Baptist Hospital in Brownsville. He was 65.


Amieva taught for 17 years at the university.  He was an Assistant Master Technical Instructor who taught Solar Photovoltaic Technology in the Industrial Technology department. 


He was also part of the development team that created the AAS Renewable Energy Technology program. 


One of his greatest accomplishments was when he became department chair.  He had retired in May.


“Mr. Amieva was a passionate engineer and professor who loved to share with students his knowledge in circuits and electronics,” said Dr. Juan Raymundo Iglesias, chair of Computer and Information Systems. “He will be missed by his colleagues and students.”


Amieva is survived by his wife, Sylvia, his sons, Jose, Carlos, Juan, Eduardo and two daughters, Silvia H. and Silvia D. and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 25 in Matamoros.


Cards of condolences can be sent to the family at 245 Camaguey Avenue Brownsville, 78520.




Juliet V. García

The University of Texas at Brownsville
The University of Texas at Brownsville
Office of the President
BRHP, 2nd FLOOR 80 Fort Brown Brownsville Texas, 78520