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More than a mentor: UOG, business communities say adios to Dr. Karri Perez

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Scores of mourners gathered at the Home of the Tritons to pay their last respects to Dr. Karri Perez, a mother, grandmother, and beloved University of Guam professor. The Triton community is grieving the loss of Perez, the business management professor who died suddenly at the age of 59.

Her life made an impact on her students, as she was the advisor for this group of aspiring entrepreneurs.

"I will remember her as a mentor, a motherly figure just as well as someone who's a guiding presence in our lives," Christian Diaz told KUAM News.

"I think I'll remember how strong she was and how passionate she was about her work, and how much she cared for her students, and we're all really going to miss her," Jeralin Deceo.

 

A mother figure to many UOG Tritons, Perez also was a leader in the business community.

"Despite her extremely busy schedule, she always made time - we were helped," shared Jed Espino.

"We all know here that she's more than just a professor because of the way she cares about us and how honest she is about business," Melissa Campo said. "And she always liked to make sure we have all the knowledge we need and that we're going to be okay, even after we graduate."

The group, which includes recent UOG grads, hopes to expand and inspire new business students, the way she inspired them to pursue their dreams.  

"Dr. Karri just went beyond the curriculum if she felt like a student needed to know this in the real world, she would push on it then talk to us after and ask us what is your input," Sean Fernandez said. "She always just wanted the best for her students."

"We didn't only lose a professor, we lost an advisor, a mentor, and a mother," Campo said, "We're going to miss her forever and I'm thankful I actually met a professor like her."

In her loving memory, her family hopes to establish the Karri Perez Entrepreneurial Scholarship Fund.

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