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Morency Arouca

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Arouca, Morency (1930–1989)

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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.

 

 

Morency Arouca, university professor, lecturer and researcher, was born June 4, 1930, in the city of Ribeirão Preto, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.1 His father, Wandir Arouca (1908-1973), was an Adventist teacher, and also served as a pastor for 11 years, and worked in the São Paulo Conference and the Rio Grande do Sul Conference. His mother was Elvira Toddai Arouca.2 Morency’s two siblings were Waldeyer3 and Henedina.4

Morency had a notable academic career. He finished elementary school in 1945 and high school in 1948 in the Paulistano Gymnasium in São Paulo.5 Following high school, in 1949 Morency attended the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP), where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 1953. In 1952 he got a degree as an electrician at Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial (SENAI). He was also a student assistant to the professor of Electric Machines at the USP Polytechnic School in 1952 and 1953 and an instructor at the Escola Paulista de Agrimensura (Land-Surveying São Paulo School).6 While at USP, Morency was faithful to Bible truths. He was known as “a young Adventist of great conviction.” He didn’t take tests on Saturdays nor did he drink alcohol. He also was active in leading people to Christ. A result of his testimony, a classmate, Ruy Carlos de Camargo Vieira, was converted, baptized in August 1952, and became an outstanding Adventist Brazilian scholar.7

Morency was an outstanding student and had a reputation among his classmates as a “genius.”8 As a result he was hired in 1954 to work as a professor in the Division of Electronics of the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA),9 a public college institution of the Brazilian Air Force, located in the city of São José dos Campos, in the state of São Paulo. During this period, he sought to continue his academic preparation by taking specialized courses.10 He remained as a professor at ITA until August 1956 when he was hired to be a professor at the São Carlos Engineering School (EESC) in the city of São Carlos, São Paulo, where he worked in the department of Electrotechnics and Electric Machines.11

In 1955 he married Lucila Schwantes in the city of São Paulo.12 Born in São Paulo,13 Lucila was daughter of Pastor Nelson Schwantes (1903-1988) and Anna Becker Schwantes.14 From this union four children were born: Ricardo Augusto, Elaine Suely, Gladys Lissie, and Reinaldo Sérgio.15 Lucila Arouca resembled her husband in the academic field. She graduated in Pedagogy at the São Paulo State University (Unesp) and got her master’s degree and doctorate at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC). She did post-doctorate studies in France. Her education provided a significant contribution to the Adventist Church. She published research and participated in education conferences in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. In addition, she was active in the Women’s Ministries in the church.16

Morency continued as a full-time professor at EESC until 1966.17 From 1968 to 1970 he served as vice-director of EESC.18 In 1971 he was elected as director, and during his management the University of Sao Paulo founded a new campus in the city of São Carlos in 1972. This was possible thanks to the creation of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the São Carlos Institute of Physics and Chemistry (IFQSC), both belonging to USP, whose installation made possible the establishment of a new campus which included EESC. Morency stayed in these positions until December 1974.19 On January 16, 1975, he left his responsibilities at EESC when he was appointed as the new director of the Limeira Faculty of Engineering (FEL) which was linked to the University of Campinas (Unicamp). He directed this higher education institution until October 15, 1982.20 During his career, Morency frequently received invitations to lecture at foreign universities in countries such as France and the United States. He also wrote and published numerous articles and handbooks and guided many researchers.21

“Even amid so many activities, Dr. Arouca had time to meet the needs of the church, the family, and to testify from the love of Christ.” 22 His numerous volunteer services to the Adventist Church reveal his persevering dedication to God’s service. When invited, he lectured to Adventist pastoral assemblies. 23 He was a local elder in the churches of São José dos Campos (1954-1957), São Carlos (1957-1975), and Campinas (1975-1989). He also served as a board member of the Central Brazil Union, the São Paulo Conference, and Brazil College.24 Along with Dr. Ruy Carlos Vieira and Dr. Lélio Lindquist, among others, he was involved in the acquisition of half an acre of land for the construction of the D Pedro II Elementary Adventist School, now known as São Carlos Adventist School.25 He was also prominent in organizing university congresses during which he gave lectures in defense of Creationism and Christian norms. “Whether as a church leader or as a missionary, Dr. Morency Arouca sought to set the example of someone who truly believed in the Advent message.”26

Morency died on April 2, 1989, at the age of 58, in the city of Campinas, São Paulo. The memorial service was officiated at by Pastors Assad Bechara, Tércio Sarli, and Jonas Pinho. Burial took place at the Flamboyant Cemetery, in the same city.27

Sources

Biography of Arouca, Morency (1930-1989). In Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC. Shelf 2. Rack 13. Folder “Arouca, Morency.” Accessed August 24, 2016.

Carvalho, Jetro F. “Hospital Belém.” Revista Adventista, year 54, no. 5, May 1959, 29. Accessed August 23, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Curriculum Vitae Dr. Morency Arouca. In Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC. Shelf 2. Rack 13. Folder “Arouca, Morency.” Accessed August 24, 2016.

Falleiros, Helvio. “The fighter: A Trajetória de Nelson Peixoto Freira para erguer e consolidar uma indústria no Brasil.” Google Books (Online), 2015.

“Fatos que marcaram a Gestão do segundo Diretor da FEC, Professor Doutor Morency Arouca, referente ao período de 1975 a 1982.” Faculdade de Engenharia Civil - Unicamp, 2017.

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Lessa, Rubens. “Cultura, Técnica e Testemunho.” Revista Adventista, year 85, no. 7, July 1989, 5-7. Accessed March 5, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Lindquist, Lícius O. “Testemunho de uma Educadora.” Revista Adventista, year 93, no. 5, May 1997, 5-6. Accessed August 24, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

“Loide Arouca.” Revista Adventista, year 106, no. 1243, December 2011, 35. Accessed August 23, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Message from Professor Morency Arouca at the end of his management. In Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC. Shelf 2. Rack 13. Folder “Arouca, Morency.” Accessed August 24, 2016.

“Morency Arouca.” Revista Adventista, year 85, no. 8, August 1989, 29. Accessed August 22, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

“Nelson Schwantes.” Revista Adventista, year 85, no. 5, May 1989, 30. Accessed April 14, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

“Rua Doutor Morency Arouca.” Busca CEP (Online), 2017.

Silva, Aline Leme da, Plínio Zornoff Táboas. “A Contribuição de Achille Bassi como Gestor da Matemática no Brasil.” Universidade Estadual Paulista ‘Júlio de Mesquita Filho’ Campus Bauru (Online), 2017.

“Wandyr Arouca.” Revista Adventista, year 69, no. 1, January 1974, 23. Accessed August 23, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Notes

  1. “Morency Arouca,” Revista Adventista, year 85, no. 8, August 1989, 29.

  2. “Wandyr Arouca,” Revista Adventista, year 69, no. 1, January 1974, 23.

  3. “Wandyr Arouca,” Revista Adventista, year 69, no. 1, January 1974, 23; and Carvalho, Jetro F, “Hospital Belém,” Revista Adventista, year 54, no. 5, May 1959, 29; and “Loide Arouca,” Revista Adventista, year 106, December 2011, 35.

  4. “Wandyr Arouca,” Revista Adventista, year 69, no. 1, January 1974, 23.

  5. Curriculum Vitae Dr Morency Arouca (National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP), 1.

  6. Ibid, 8.

  7. Rubens Lessa, “Cultura, Técnica e Testemunho,” Revista Adventista, year 85, no. 7, July 1989, 5.

  8. Helvio Falleiros, “The fighter: A Trajetória de Nelson Peixoto Freira para erguer e consolidar uma indústria no Brasil,” Google Books, 2015, accessed April 13, 2017, https://books.google.com.br/books?hl=pt-BR&id=7IfJCgAAQBAJ&dq=Morency+Arouca&q=Morency+Arouca#v=onepage&q=Morency%20Arouca&f=false.

  9. Curriculum Vitae Dr Morency Arouca (National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP), 3.

  10. Ibid., 15.

  11. Ibid., 3.

  12. Ricardo Arouca, interviewed by Renato Stencel, Ellen G White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, August 3, 2017.

  13. Lindquist, Lícius O, “Testemunho de uma Educadora,” Revista Adventista, year 93, no. 5, May 1997, 5.

  14. “Nelson Schwantes,” Revista Adventista, year 85, no. 5, May 1989, 30.

  15. Curriculum Vitae Dr Morency Arouca (National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP), 1.

  16. Lindquist, Lícius O, “Testemunho de uma Educadora,” Revista Adventista, year 93, no. 5, May 1997, 5.

  17. Ibid., 3.

  18. Ibid., 12.

  19. Message from Professor Morency Arouca at the end of his management (National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP); and Silva, Aline Leme da, Plínio Zornoff Táboas, “A Contribuição de Achille Bassi como Gestor da Matemática no Brasil” (paper presented at the 2nd National Meeting of Research in History of Mathematical Education, Bauru, São Paulo, October 30 to November 2, 2014), 6; and Curriculum Vitae Dr Morency Arouca (National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP), 13.

  20. “Fatos que marcaram a Gestão do segundo Diretor da FEC, Professor Doutor Morency Arouca, referente ao período de 1975 a 1982,” Faculdade de Engenharia Civil - Unicamp, 2017, accessed on April 13, 2017, http://www.fec.unicamp.br/~admsite/100congre/morency.htm.

  21. “Morency Arouca,” Revista Adventista, year 85, no. 8, August 1989, 29.

  22. Ibid., 29.

  23. Ibid., 29.

  24. Biography of Arouca, Morency (1930-1989) (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G White Research Center: UNASP-EC,).

  25. “História,” Colégio Adventista de São Carlos, 2017, accessed April 13, 2017, http://saocarlos.educacaoadventista.org.br/sobre.

  26. “Morency Arouca,” Revista Adventista, year 85, no. 8, August 1989, 29.

  27. Ibid., 29.

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UNASP, The Brazilian White Center –. "Arouca, Morency (1930–1989)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 10, 2021. Accessed January 19, 2021. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=EGDE.

UNASP, The Brazilian White Center –. "Arouca, Morency (1930–1989)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 10, 2021. Date of access January 19, 2021, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=EGDE.

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