In memoriam: Luis Guadarrama Olivera
On Dec. 15, 2020, longtime Athabasca University team member Luis Guadarrama Olivera passed away after a battle with cancer.
He joined AU as a learning designer in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences in 2008, bringing a wealth of education and experience to the faculty and the learning design team. He made significant contributions to AU, both professionally and personally.
Andrew Han, who worked closely with Luis, remembers him as a creative and determined learning designer:
“I first met Luis in 2008 as we started at Athabasca University around the same time. He was the most brilliant designer of online learning I have ever had the privilege of knowing and working with. He had this incredible ability to take the tools given to him and create design magic out of it. My lasting memory of him will be the image of him staying late into the day after everyone had left, tinkering with an aspect of online learning design and by sheer force of will, determination, and creativity, forging a solution nobody else had thought of. He was so passionate about learning and very generous with his knowledge. He will be forever missed but his legacy of innovative design thinking will live on at AU for those who were so fortunate to have worked with him.”
Stephen Addison, who also worked closely with Luis, also remembers his dedication:
“Luis and I worked together for the last 11 years as learning designers at Athabasca University. For eight of those years, we sat next to each other in the same office space. I enjoyed the conversations that we had about work and travel. When it came to educational design, there was no one better than Luis. He was unstoppable. He had integrity. He often knew what the right thing to do was and he would do it, without question. When I think of Luis, I remember how bright he was. His eyes were bright, his face was bright, his mind was bright. I enjoyed seeing the bond that he and Corinne have together. I wish he hadn’t gone so soon.”
An online obituary is posted on the Connelly-McKinley funeral home website, which includes a digital memory board. We encourage AU team members to share their memories of Luis.
For anyone struggling with grief and loss or any other mental health concerns, please know that mental-health support is available for learners and team members.