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Dr. Mario A. Rivera

December 8, 1947 ~ December 22, 2017 (age 70)

Dr. Mario A. Rivera passed away on December 22, 2017, at the age of 70. 

Mario was born in Havana, Cuba on December 8, 1947. 

He was a beloved husband, father, and esteemed professor. Mario was a lifelong educator. He held a Ph.D. and Master's Degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Harvard College. Mario was a Regents' professor of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico, where he worked since 1993. Mario had recently received the honor of being elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for sustained and outstanding contribution to the field of public administration through public service and scholarship. 

Mario will be forever be remembered by his wife of 30 years, Ana V. Rivera; three daughters, Alyssa, Sara, and Gabriella; as well as his mother, Emilia, and siblings, Silia, Fernando, Paul, and Beatriz. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Mario Rivera; and the family's beloved collie, Blaze. 

Mario, our husband, father, and brother, loved books. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family kindly requests that anyone who wishes to honor Mario's memory do so through continuing this love of reading by enjoying or sharing a book. 

Visitation will be held on January 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque NM 87109. Catholic mass will be held Saturday, January 6th, at 10:00 AM at Queen of Heaven Church, 5311 Phoenix Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. 

 Service Information

January 5, 2018

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Daniels Family Funeral Services - Wyoming Blvd. Chapel
7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Mass of Christian Burial
January 6, 2018

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Queen of Heaven Church
5311 Phoenix Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Interment to follow
January 6, 2018

Gate of Heaven Cemetery
7999 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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