UST ex-Rector Fr. Fermin dies, 90

BAGUIO CITY, Benguet—THE SECOND Filipino rector of the University of Santo Tomas, Fr. Frederik Fermin OP, passed away at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) Monday evening at the age of 90.

Julius Lucero, his assigned nurse and aide, said he died at 6:45 p.m. a few minutes after being brought for emergency procedure.

“(Fr. Fermin) was still very strong despite suffering from various old age illnesses. He was about to take his supper when he suddenly fainted and had seizures. We immediately revived him through cardio pulmonary resuscitation before we rushed him to the hospital,” he told Manila Standard.

Fermin served as rector from 1978 to 1981, succeeding Fr. Leonardo Legaspi OP, the first Filipino rector of UST who became auxiliary bishop of Manila and archbishop of Caceres (Naga).

During Fermin’s term as rector, he established the Department of Languages, which took charge of Filipino, English, French, German, and Nihongo. Fermin also served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and rector of the Central Seminary.

According to Lucero, his patient has given instructions on how his remains are to be treated.

“He wants us to have one mass in Baguio City before his remains will be cremated. His ashes will then be brought to UST and will have one mass before his ashes will be brought back to Baguio and spread behind the chapel of the Santa Catalina convent,” he told Manila Standard.

Citing the schedule, Lucero said the remains will be at the convent Tuesday for the 3 p.m. mass followed by cremation at 6 p.m. in La Paz Funeral Home on Naguilian Road.

In its online post, the Varsitarian said the late rector’s “cremated remains are expected to arrive from Baguio at noontime on Oct. 29. A necrological service and Funeral Mass will be held in the afternoon of the same day at Santisimo Rosario Parish in UST.”

A native of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Fermin came to the country in 1962 and became a Filipino citizen through naturalization in 1976.

“Fermin’s ashes will be placed at Santuario de Sto. Domingo in Quezon City, at the back of Sto. Domingo Church, the mother church of Filipino Dominicans,” the Varsitarian said.

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