The Maverick community is mourning the loss of UNO adjunct Spanish instructor Gerry Machado, who had been teaching at UNO for 28 years and at Creighton Prep High School for 30.
Machado lived a storied life that began in his home country of Cuba. He fought in the Cuban Revolution and later had to flee the country, landing first in Mexico City, then Miami, before finally settling in Omaha, Neb.
Machado was the recipient of numerous teaching awards in his career, including a Part-time Excellence in Teaching Award from the UNO College of Arts and Sciences. A 2018 article in The Gateway profiles Machado’s early life, as well as his experiences as an educator and as an immigrant turned U.S. citizen.
Machado was 89 years old at the time of his passing. The UNO flag will be lowered in Machado’s honor at a later date.
Services will be held on Aug. 22 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church.
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