Ileana Estela Clavijo died on November 5, 2023 in Wilmington, NC at Novant Regional Medical Center. She was born in Havana, Cuba on May 28, 1947 to Oswald and Quecha Clavijo.
When she was 12, she left Cuba with her parents, emigrating to the US she studied at Barry University and Florida Atlantic University before earning her PhD in Marine Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico. She joined the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW in 1986, and was an Associate Professor of Marine Biology until 2012. She was a kind, caring, yet challenging professor and invested herself in her students’ progress. She has kept up with many former students over the years.
She is survived by special cousins, Anne Kala (Greg) of Atlanta, GA and Helen Beaumont (Michael) of San Diego, CA., who were with her at her death, more cousins in Miami, friends and former colleagues, and her beloved companion “Cupcake” , a rescue dog from Adopt and Angel.
Memorials can be made to the American Kidney Fund, UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology, or Adopt an Angel.
Funeral plans are incomplete.
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