Alumnus remembers his “beloved Lawrence”

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in News

Jupiter and Doly Figuera in Lawrence with their daughter | photo courtesy of Jupiter Figuera
In this season of thanks, Jupiter Figuera, g’69, of Cumana, Venezuela, shared his recollections of KU in a message to the Alumni Association website titled, “Impossible to forget the University of Kansas and my beloved Lawrence.”

Here are a few excerpts:

Many years have passed since I started my KU graduate degree in electrical engineering at age 23. Many memories and anecdotes fill my thoughts: my first steps in a strange country, with little knowledge of the language, surrounded by the most diverse thoughts and with a great dream—to complete the master degree and to go back to Venezuela to teach what I had learned.

Two years were enough for my wife, then a young woman of 19, and I to fall in love with Lawrence. We’ve never been able to return.

I am currently a retired professor at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela. Thanks to my academic training at KU, I have written six books on mathematics, three on physics, one on electric circuits, one on logical design and one on residential electrical wiring, all published in Spanish in Venezuela.

During my short stay, KU transformed my life. It was a beautiful adventure. I often dream of the campus. Thanks for telling me I’m a Jayhawk for life—and for creating a bridge that brings me closer to a magical past.

Jupiter and Doly Figuera in Lawrence with their daughter | photo courtesy of Jupiter Figuera
Jupiter and Doly Figuera with their two-month old daughter in Lawrence. Their daughter holds a Ph.D. in cell biology and teaches at Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela.

Jupiter and Doly Figuera | photo courtesy of Jupiter Figuera
Jupiter and Doly Figuera

Jupiter and Doly Figuera with their grandchildren | photo courtesy of Jupiter Figuera
Jupiter and Doly Figuera with their grandkids

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