The Silliman community is mourning the passing of Dr. Agustin A. Pulido, a member of the Board of Trustees who served as the University’s 11th president from 1996 to 2006.
Pulido passed away on May 7, 2022 at the age of 90.
“Although we mourn the passing of a good man here on earth, heaven rejoices as they gain an angel in heaven. The life of Dr. Gus Pulido is a gift from heaven to Silliman University. His invaluable service as President of our Alma Mater during one of the most challenging periods of its operation paved the way for the stability of the institution,” said BOT Chair Ricardo Balbido Jr.
Meanwhile, SU President Betty Cernol-McCann remembered Pulido’s “genteel character” and said his patience and wisdom “made a positive mark” during his time as president, and as a member of the Board of Trustees.
“Dr. Pulido went beyond the ordinary, and for us achieved the extraordinary, and for this the Silliman community through the years has held him in high esteem,” said President McCann.
Pulido earned his BS in Chemistry degree from Silliman, graduating magna cum laude in 1953. He later pursued his MS in Chemistry at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1971, he was recognized as Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee in the field of Science Education.
The University sponsored a vigil service for Pulido on May 11 at the University Church of Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, where Pulido was also a BOT member. Pulido was also president of CPU for 25 years before he became Silliman president. (Jameela Antoniette Mendoza)