San Diego State Archives to Honor Armando Rodriquez

Armando Rodriguez, today and during World War II.

Early in November 2012 we will be hosting a reception to honor Dr. Armando Rodriguez, who has donated his manuscript  collection and photographs to the Chicana/o Archive at San Diego State University. 

Armando grew up in Barrio Logan, went to Memorial and San Diego High Schools, served in World War II,  and then went to San Diego State University.

He was the first Latino principal in San Diego and president of East Los Angeles Community College. He served as an adviser on bilingual education to four presidents. Armando has many other distinguished accomplishments–not the least being 91 years old and married for more than 60 years.  His life work and experience is a treasure for all our children.  An excellent summary of his life is on Kenneth Burt’s blog.

Please consider supporting the special reception honoring Armando by making a donation of  $50, $100, or larger.  Funds raised beyond the cost of the reception will be used towards a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize the Chicana/o archives.

To make a tax free donation, just go to the link listed below and click on the donate button. For your donation you will be invited  to the reception and given special recognition.

On behalf of the future generations who will benefit from your generosity, thank you!

Donation web site:


Chicana/o Archive Committee

Richard Griswold del Castillo, Professor Emeritus, SDSU

Rita Sanchez, Professor Emeritus Mesa College

Kathleen Robles, community organizer

Gus Chavez, Former director EOP, SDSU

Adelaida del Castillo, CCS Department, SDSU

Olivia Puentes Reynolds,  community activist

Reynaldo Ayala, Professor Emeritus SDSU

Arturo Casares,  Community Counselor/ Teacher

Carrie Fierro, Director, Student Affairs Outreach, UCSD

Rob Ray, Director Special Collections, SDSU

Norma Igelsias Prieto, Chair, CCS Department, SDSU

Refugio Rochin, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis & UC Santa Cruz                

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It is with deep respect for Armando Rodriquez that I reprint the above information on the planned reception, which I hope to attend. Armando is a friend and it was a pleasure interviewing him for my own book, The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics (2007).


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