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Irving Lugo-Santiago, clinical professor in the department of psychology, passed away on Saturday, June 12.

Having relocated to Greensboro from Puerto Rico in 1987, Irving followed his desire for sharing his knowledge in the field of psychiatry through his passion for advising and mentoring many UNCG doctoral students over the years.

Illustrating his commitment to the Greensboro community as a psychiatrist, over the years Irving held various roles including the medical director of Greenpoint Chemical Dependency Center, the medical director of LINKS Substance Abuse Adolescent Services, and the assistant medical director of the Drug Action Council. For several years, he also held a private practice in Greensboro. In the fall of 2017, the staff at Moses Cone Behavioral Health dedicated their courtyard in his honor, naming it The Lugo’s Landing.

“Dr. Lugo epitomized what we should aspire to be as providers of culturally-grounded and authentic mental health services. He was the hallmark of grace, caring, and compassion and was an ardent supporter of psychology training – he will be remembered as a true educator. Many of our students benefited from his wisdom and grew as psychologists and as individuals because of his tutelage,” says Dr. Susan Keane, the director of clinical training in the department of psychology.

“When he could no longer work at the UNCG Psychology Clinic because of his illness, we honored him by naming a student each year for the Dr. Lugo ‘Leave it Better Than You Found It’ award. Through this mechanism, we pay tribute to his legacy as a truly remarkable individual who willingly gave so much to our program and enriched it in more ways than we could ever enumerate.”

A memorial service followed by visitation will be held at 3 p.m. on June 27, 2021, at Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Chapel, 515 North Elm Street, Greensboro. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on June 28, 2021, at St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church, 2715 Horse Pen Creek, Greensboro. The burial of Irving’s remains will occur in San German, Puerto Rico.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Irving Lugo-Santiago to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church’s food pantry, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Greensboro, The Barnabas Network of Greensboro, the Mental Health Association of Greensboro, the Sanctuary House, Room at the Inn, or to the charity of your choice.

 
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