Azevedo, Yolanda Maluf de (1913–2004)

By The Brazilian White Center – UNASP

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The Brazilian White Center – UNASP is a team of teachers and students at the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center – UNASP at the Brazilian Adventist University, Campus Engenheiro, Coelho, SP. The team was supervised by Drs. Adolfo Semo Suárez, Renato Stencel, and Carlos Flávio Teixeira. Bruno Sales Gomes Ferreira provided technical support. The following names are of team members: Adriane Ferrari Silva, Álan Gracioto Alexandre, Allen Jair Urcia Santa Cruz, Camila Chede Amaral Lucena, Camilla Rodrigues Seixas, Daniel Fernandes Teodoro, Danillo Alfredo Rios Junior, Danilo Fauster de Souza, Débora Arana Mayer, Elvis Eli Martins Filho, Felipe Cardoso do Nascimento, Fernanda Nascimento Oliveira, Gabriel Pilon Galvani, Giovana de Castro Vaz, Guilherme Cardoso Ricardo Martins, Gustavo Costa Vieira Novaes, Ingrid Sthéfane Santos Andrade, Isabela Pimenta Gravina, Ivo Ribeiro de Carvalho, Jhoseyr Davison Voos dos Santos, João Lucas Moraes Pereira, Kalline Meira Rocha Santos, Larissa Menegazzo Nunes, Letícia Miola Figueiredo, Luan Alves Cota Mól, Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Lucas Arteaga Aquino, Lucas Dias de Melo, Matheus Brabo Peres, Mayla Magaieski Graepp, Milena Guimarães Silva, Natália Padilha Corrêa, Rafaela Lima Gouvêa, Rogel Maio Nogueira Tavares Filho, Ryan Matheus do Ouro Medeiros, Samara Souza Santos, Sergio Henrique Micael Santos, Suelen Alves de Almeida, Talita Paim Veloso de Castro, Thais Cristina Benedetti, Thaís Caroline de Almeida Lima, Vanessa Stehling Belgd, Victor Alves Pereira, Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, Vinícius Pereira Nascimento, Vitória Regina Boita da Silva, William Edward Timm, Julio Cesar Ribeiro, Ellen Deó Bortolotte, Maria Júlia dos Santos Galvani, Giovana Souto Pereira, Victor Hugo Vaz Storch, and Dinely Luana Pereira.

 

 

Yolanda Maluf de Azevedo, teacher, was born on December 18, 1913, in the city of Santa Cruz da Conceição, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Daughter of Felício Maluf and Elisa Waldvogel Maluf, she had seven siblings: Constantine, Elias, Daniel, Sarah, Rosa, Esther, and Helena.1

Yolanda graduated with a professional degree in pedagogy (in Brazil called Normal) at the well-renowned Caetano de Campos School in the city of São Paulo.2 Back in Rio Claro in 1933, Yolanda and her sister Rosa attended a series of evangelistic conferences held by Pastors Ricardo Wilfart and Siegfried Hoffmann. In June of that same year, both were baptized when Yolanda was 20 years old.3

Soon after that, Yolanda was invited to teach at a rural public school near the city of Presidente Prudente. At first, she faced some difficulties in keeping the Sabbath since the farmer who owned the land where the school was located did not agree in closing it on Saturdays. However, Yolanda did not deny her new faith and, at last, she received permission to keep the Sabbath.4

Yolanda was a teacher all her life, serving at both public and Adventists schools. On December 28, 1937, she married Pastor Oswaldo Rodrigues de Azevedo. Together they had three children: Elda Azevedo (Bomfim) (1939-1979), Leni Azevedo (de Oliveira) and Haroldo Azevedo. Pastor Oswaldo dedicated 40 years of his life to the Adventist work as a district minister in many countryside cities of São Paulo, department director, teacher, administrator, field secretary of the South American Division, and president of the South Brazil Union Conference.5

Yolanda taught at the following Adventist schools where she taught Portuguese and French classes: Taquara Academy, today called Cruzeiro do Sul Adventist Academy (IACS), from 1943 to 1944;6 São Paulo Academy (now referred to UNASP campus Hortolândia), from 1951 to 1957;7 and Brazil College (now referred to as UNASP-SP), from 1958 to 1960.8

Pastor Oswaldo de Azevedo passed away on March 28, 1990 at the São Paulo Adventist Hospital.9 Yolanda Maluf de Azevedo passed away on May 12, 2004, at 90 years of age in the city of Hortolândia, São Paulo, leaving a great contribution from her decades of service to Adventist education.10

Sources

Moysés S. Nigri. “Ecos das Bienais Sulistas.” Revista Adventista, June, 1962, 25. Accessed March 16, 2019. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

“Oswaldo Rodrigues de Azevedo.” Revista Adventista, May, 1990.

Ricardo Wilfart, S. Hoffmann. “De Rio Claro.” Revista Adventista, October, 1933.

Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association. Various years.

“Yolanda Maluf de Azevedo.” Revista Adventista, August, 2004.

Notes

  1. Leni Azevedo de Oliveira, interview by Mayla Magaieski Greapp, Hortolândia, São Paulo, August 26, 2016.

  2. Ibid.

  3. Ricardo Wilfart and S. Hoffman, “De Rio Claro,” Revista Adventista, October, 1933, 14.

  4. Ibid.

  5. “Oswaldo Rodrigues de Azevedo,” Revista Adventista, May, 1990, 32.

  6. “Taquara Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D. C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1944), 250; “Taquara Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D. C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1945), 252.

  7. “Sao Paulo Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1952), 265; “Sao Paulo Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1958), 246.

  8. “Brazil College,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1959), 217; “Brazil College,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1961), 230.

  9. “Oswaldo Rodrigues de Azevedo,” Revista Adventista, May, 1990, 32.

  10. Leni Azevedo de Oliveira, interview by Mayla Magaieski Greapp, Hortolândia, São Paulo, August 26, 2016; “Yolanda Maluf de Azevedo,” Revista Adventista, August, 2004, 36.

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