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UW Emeritus Professor Receives High Honor from Spain

November 6, 2013 — A University of Wyoming emeritus professor of Spanish and philosophy has received one of the Spanish government's highest awards bestowed upon civilians.

Carlos Mellizo-Cuadrado, who served on the UW faculty from 1968 until his retirement in 2010, has been granted the "Medalla de la Orden de Isabel la Católica en el grado de Cruz de Oficial," or the Medal of the Order of Elizabeth the Catholic, an award inaugurated in 1815 by King Ferdinand VII. The announcement was made by the consulate general of Spain in San Francisco, Calif.

Spanish Ambassador D. Ramón Gil Casares will present the award Nov. 12 in San Francisco.

“During his career of more than 40 years, Dr. Mellizo was a dedicated professor, teaching generations of UW students while maintaining an extraordinarily high international profile in research,” says Professor Kevin Larsen, head of UW’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages. “He richly deserves this award, which he’ll receive in the company of other distinguished Hispanists representing renowned institutions, including Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.”

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages plans to host a reception for Mellizo and his wife, Esther, later this year or early 2014.

Longtime University of Wyoming Professor Carlos Mellizo-Cuadrado and his wife, Esther, visit the Monastery El Escorial in Madrid, Spain, in July. Mellizo, who taught Spanish and philosophy at UW from 1968 to 2010, has received one of the highest civilian awards bestowed by the Spanish government.

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