Friday, January 1, 2010

Rafael Oliver Diaz

As we enter this new year I would like to reflect upon a loss in the previous.

If you have visited the Spanky Project website you most likely have read about my first encounter with
Rafael Oliver Diaz.

Oliver was born in Havana, May 20th, 1915. As an Agricultural Engineer he held different positions in that field until his retirement. Oliver was also a professor at the University of Havana, where he taught Biological Sciences and microbiology.

Rafael Oliver Diaz was founder of the Cuban Association for the Protection of Animals and Plants (ANIPLANT). On the 19th of February, 1987 the group was formed with the aim to protect animals and plants.

Plans are in the works for a fitting memorial marker to be located at Oliver's place of rest, which is the Colon Cemetery in Havana.

Goodbye dear friend.
I'm sure you had a warm welcome at the Rainbow Bridge.

The announcement of Oliver's passing was reported September 2nd by
Radio Guantanamo.

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