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Agua Fr铆a holds dedication for Hugo C贸rdova

On Thursday 14 July 2010, staff at the Mexican experimental station in Agua Fr铆a held a ceremony to honor the late Hugo C贸rdova, one of CIMMYT鈥檚 distinguished scientists and a remarkable maize breeder, who died in late 2009. All station personnel joined with C贸rdova鈥檚 widow Am茅rica, his daughter Lucy, and his grandchildren to plant an Araucaria evergreen tree and to place a plaque in his honor, enscribed with the text: 鈥淢aize breeder; distinguished scientist; colleague/ His germplams鈥攁 legacy to millions of farmers/ His mentorship鈥攁 legacy to many breeders.鈥

Several former colleagues shared memories and spoke in honor of Hugo, including Raymundo Lopez, F茅lix San Vicente, Manuel L贸pez, Mayolo Leyva, Jesus Gonz谩lez, and Pedro L贸pez Conde. The musical group Khalpaka provided Andean music, and America C贸rdova thanked everyone for their kind words.

Following the dedication, everyone reloacted to the autotorium where C贸rdova鈥檚 family presented some highlights of Hugo鈥檚 career, including his work to improve maize and develope quality protein maize (QPM) varieties鈥 which are now planted in many tropical and subtropical areas鈥攁nd showed photos from his retirement party.

In late January 2010, El Bat谩n held a similar ceremony. For more information about C贸rdova鈥檚 career visit here.