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Passing of Manuel Alvarado

It is with great sadness that we convey to you the news of the passing of our friend and colleague Manuel Alvarado last week in France due to ill health.

At Intellect we shall greatly miss Manuel’s championship of our work and his invaluable contributions to our regular meetings and the support he gave to our staff. We were the lucky beneficiaries of his wealth of knowledge and experience gathered over a lifetime in publishing, starting at the age of 16 as editor of his school magazine.

At university he was editor of a student newspaper and subsequently went on to be editor of a quarterly international academic journal focusing on cinema, media and education. Eventually he went on to found a media publishing imprint for John Libbey Publishing - an imprint that later became Luton University Press.

He was one of the tiny group of people to create and define media studies as a subject area under the auspices of the British Film Institute’s Education Department and the Society for Education in Film and Television back at the beginning of the 1970s, and he had been defining, revising, extending, teaching, examining, researching and publishing work ever since. He has worked for the Universities of London, Nottingham Trent, Boston (Massachussetts) and The Surrey Institute of Art & Design - and for organisations including UNESCO in Paris, the BBC and the British Film Institute (as Head of Education and Training). He has published widely and his books have covered such topics as television drama, media education, global video flow, and Latin American Cinema and Photography.

But we were the beneficiaries of more than this. Manuel was a good friend to us all. The enthusiasm, kindness and humour he brought to staff meetings was always looked forward to, and which often continued in the local pub afterwards, time permitting, before he raced back to London on the train. Manuel may have officially retired from work but he never lost his passion for his friends or the subject we work in and which he helped to create.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the Coach and Horses, Soho, London from noon onwards on Sunday 16th May 2010.

You can read a  Q&A with Manuel Alvarado or hear him on You Tube.
 

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Philip Bell  Said...

Manuel had many friends in Australia  who will remember him as a perpetual motion machine: travelling, teaching, talking and enjoying all the pleasures that the world offers. 'Better to burn out than it is to rust!' might have been his motto.

He was, always young at heart, and loved to laugh,especially at affectation and hypocrisy. We will miss him.

Philip Bell

May 10, 2010 05:25
Philip Bell  Said...

 Manuel had any friends in Australia who share my sorrow at his passing. We will remember him as a perpetual motion machine: always laughing, talking, teaching, and enjoying all the pleasures of the flesh in ways that we could only envy. "Better to burn out than it is to rust" might have been his motto.

He had no time for affectation and hypocrisy, and, although he gave the opposite impression at times, Manuel was as intellectually serious  as he was broad-minded and generous.

 

We will miss him

May 10, 2010 05:35
melanie marshall  Said...

Posted on behalf of author Philip Bell:

Manuel had many friends in Australia who share my sorrow at his passing.

We will remember him as a perpetual motion machine - always laughing, talking, teaching, and enjoying all the pleasures of the flesh in ways that we could only envy. "Better to burn out than it is to rust" might have been his motto.

He had no time for affectation and hypocrisy, and, although he gave the opposite impression at times, Manuel was as intellectually serious  as he was broad-minded and generous.

Philip Bell
 

 

May 10, 2010 12:43
Roger Crittenden  Said...

 Many years ago Manuel raised my spirits and shared a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau when we escaped together from a conference in France which we both found depressingly boring.

Sadly we never repeated this uplifting experience, but that fond memory has stayed with me. He was a very special human being.

June 18, 2010 17:58