The University of the Philippines (UP) mourns the passing of Prof. Eva Beatriz Gonzalez last March 10 at the age of 96. She served as dean of the UP Diliman College of Home Economics. She was also Officer-in-Charge and College Secretary of the UP College of Education.
Gonzalez epitomizes the principles of her Alma Mater: honor and excellence. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, cum laude, from UP in 1948. She is the first Filipina to earn her M.A. (1951) and Ph.D. (1958) degrees in Home Economics from Cornell University. At Cornell, she also minored in Child Development and Family Relations.
Gonzalez taught at UP Diliman and St. Scholastica’s College as an instructor. She became Assistant Professor then Associate Professor at the UP College of Education and the UP College of Home Economics.
Gonzalez also worked as a UNESCO consultant and adviser.
Among the academic posts she held were: Vice President of the Philippine Mental Health Association, from 1994 to 1995; President of the UP College of Education Alumni Association, from 1988 to 1992; Director of the UP Alumni Association, from 1981 to 1984; Board Member of the UP College of Home Economics Alumni Association, from 1979 to 1981. She is also an alumna of the UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority; and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Dean Gonzalez comes from a distinguished family of educators and administrators. Gonzalez’ father was UP President Bienvenido Ma. Gonzalez served from 1939 to 1943 and then from 1945 to 1951. Many of UP’s colleges and units were relocated from Manila to the Diliman campus during his term.
UP President Gonzalez’s father, Joaquin Gonzalez, was a member of the Malolos Constitutional Assembly and was the founding Rector of the Universidad Literaria de Filipinas under the Aguinaldo Government. Gonzalo, Dean Gonzalez’s brother, served as UP Regent and Professorial Lecturer at the UP College of Law. Former UP Regent Gizela Madrigal Gonzalez-Montinola is Dean Gonzalez’s niece.
Source: UP MPRO