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  1. Roberto is Present Roberto Sifuentes will never die! “Por Mi Raza Habla El Espiritu” Sifues lives on in the hearts of every student that he ever met. They will tell their children about this man. Roberto was a “Heavy Duty” Vato! “No Mano,” I can’t begin to tell you… He meant so much more than a professor. El Profe taught us something very valuable. Sifuentes helped us learn to live. He not only fought death off, but he defeated it more than once. Roberto lived every day like it was his last. He never took anything for granted. Roberto Sifuentes changed my life. Por su esfuerzo, ayudo a motivar la raza. Los Pochos, Cholos, Fresas, y Chicanada. Cada uno le tenia mucho respeto. “Y usted compañera, que me puede decir…” El Profe tenia un oido para todo el mundo. Los consejos los regalaba Sifuentes. Roberto es el preferido de demaciados. Siempre a lo tanto de sus estudiantes. El que era el “Big Time” entre los grandes. Nuestro Tio, Papa, Abuelo, y Amigo. Con su cigarillo a la mano “ya no fumo.” Nos enseño tanto y todo lo que pudo. Como poder darle las gracias… I Love You Man in life and in death. Compañero Roberto Sifuentes Presente!

  2. Apreciada Familia Sifuentes: Reciban de mi parte y de mi familia mi más sentido pésame por la partida de Roberto. Conocí a Roberto hace más de 20 años y para mí fue un alto privilegio haberle tenido como colega y amigo. Compartíamos estudiantes y ellos siempre me hablaban de su capacidad intelectual y crítica y al mismo tiempo de su profunda humanidad. Para todos los que le conocíamos nos dejaba marcados por su intelecto, y su sonrisa franca y amigable. Hasta luego, queridísimo amigo. Un saludo fraternal en estos momentos difíciles. Elías A. Ramos, Ph.D Director of the Spanish Program CSUN

  3. Gloria and I have received the sad news of Roberto’s passing. Roberto now joins the ranks of the Chicano Generation of the 1960s who have left us, including Tony Salazar. They are together and still present with us as long the struggle for justice and equity continue for our people. May Roberto be at peace.

  4. Querida Familia Sifuentes, Quiero expresarles mi gran pesar por el fallecimiento de nuestro queridísimo Profesor Sifuentes. Fue un gran maestro, un gran compañero y un gran apoyo. Nunca supo mi primer nombre hasta que me gradué de Aztlán Grad. Siempre me conoció por mi apellido “Arámbula, it’s so musical,” me decía. Fue un gran placer haberlo conocido y haberlo tenido como Profesor. Siempre lo recordaré Profe. Nos saluda al Topee.

  5. Dear Loretta & Sifuentes family: I am so sorry to hear about Roberto’s passing. I had been hoping to see him when I went to the Chicano Gathering at UCLA in June–it had been well over 35 years since I last saw him. Guess I’ll have to wait! My deepest sympathies, cariño–Gloria

  6. My very best to the family. There are only good memories of Roberto and fond recollections of the many stories he related so well.

  7. Dear Loretta & family, My condolences on your loss. I remember well Roberto’s poetic spirit and am grateful I knew him.

  8. Dear Loretta and Roberto Jr., Please accept my deepest condolences for the passing of Prof. Sifuentes. I worked nine years in the Chicano Studies Department. He was a gentleman, a good professor and excellent mentor for the students, and he was a good friend. He will be greatly missed. Warmly, Martha Alzamora

  9. I want to convey my sincerest condolences to Loretta and her son. Roberto for years was a stalwart example of commitment, consistency and humor. I will miss him.

  10. Prof. Sifues, Thank you for giving us your whole self. The love you had for us students made a lasting impression on our lives. You will be missed. Mucho amor, Shadow and Liliana

  11. Dear Loretta, please accept my condolences. I knew Roberto and you in the early 1970s when I worked at the Chicano Studies Center at UCLA, and have very fond memories of you both. Will always remember Roberto as a gregarious, fun-loving man, very astute, very charismatic. He left us much too soon. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.

  12. On behalf of me and my family, I offer my condolences to the Sifuentes family. Roberto, or “Sifues” as we used to call him, was an important figure in my life and inspiration for me to become a professor myself someday. I am fortunate to have known him for a great nine years; having first met him when I was an 8th grade student in the Future Scholars Program. When I started at CSUN, I took his Mexican Literature class and had many discussions with him in the lobby, a custom that was the norm for all students there. I enjoyed his stories, the music he shared, and even the poetry he recited (especially Neruda!). Sifues had a very beautiful life, and enjoyed life so much that he sparked optimism in me during my most stressful times. You will be greatly missed Sifues, descanse en paz. Sinceramente, Rodolfo S. Vásquez

  13. A pleasure to have you as my mentor, professor, and friend. Gracias por tus palabras y consejos. May God bring you to your restful place…while reading a book.

  14. Roberto was a very warm and caring person whom I admired greatly. When I first started teaching at CSUN in the late 80’s, I would often see him outside Jerome Ritchfield Hall surrounded by students who clearly felt a deep connection with him. He always looked so dapper and “cool” in his blazer and nice slacks with a cigarette dangling from his lips. One day I introduced myself to him and we became fast friends. We had a lot in common. We were both linguists, loved teaching, and, as it turned out, his son had gone to Trinity College in Connecticut , my alma mater, and majored in theatre. Roberto was so proud of him! He would tell me about the lasting friendships his son had made there and his many professional accomplishments after graduation. He was truly a good man, a caring husband and father, and a good colleague. He will be missed by all. Brian Castronovo, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, CSUN

  15. Respetable familia Sifuentes, Desafortunadamente, uno de los mas grandes dolores en la vida de un ser humano es la perdida de un ser AMADO como lo es el PROFESOR Roberto Sifuentes. Afortunadamente, el recordar nos permite volver a vivir los buenos momentos que compartimos con el compañero Sifues. Todos sus estudiantes tenemos algún recuerdo en particular, el cual nos haga que una sonrisa nos brote en el rostro. El recuerdo mas común que existe en todos los que tuvimos ese HONOR de escuchar sus historias, lecciones, y anécdotas, es el de esa personalidad, carisma, sonrisa, y sencillez que el demostraba hacia sus pupilos. Compañero Sifues, nunca olvidare su sencillez hacia sus estudiantes. Espero que Dios le permita pasar por “El ombligo del mundo” a comerse unas quesadillas con quesito de tuna, antes de llevarlo al lugar de su eterno descanso.

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