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With great sadness, the Monterey Institute community learned this morning that Professor Carl Fehlandt has passed away following a brave fight with cancer over the past 14 months.  Carl graduated from the Monterey Institute with an MA in Translation and from the University of the Americas, Mexico City with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature.  He taught Spanish Translation and Interpretation at the Monterey Institute from 1974 onward, and had been an active freelance translator since 1972.  Carl had a great impact on his students and remained in contact with many of them over the years.    

Dean Reneé Jourdanais of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education says Carl will be sorely missed. “Carl has impacted so many lives during his almost forty years at the Institute and in the community. You really have no sense as to how far a person reaches until you see the outpouring of messages and thoughts that have come in from around the world.” 

Carl’s colleague and former student Professor Barry Olsen adds: “Carl was a pillar of the translation program. He was more passionate about translation and language than any person that I have ever met. He shared that passion for decades with his students and colleagues and has shaped the professional practice of translators and interpreters.” It is evident that Carl leaves behind a lasting legacy in every way at the Monterey Institute. As Barry Olsen says: “To say that he will be missed does not even begin to explain how his friends, family and students feel.”

The Monterey Institute will celebrate the life and legacy of Carl J. Fehlandt in the Irvine Auditorium on Tuesday, November 13th at 12:15 PM.  

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