March 31, 2014

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology wishes to announce with deep sadness the passing of Dr. Wilfredo F. Arce, Professor of the  Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He died in the morning of Friday, March 28, on the eve of his 77th birthday.
The wake will take place at the Immaculate Conception Chapel (College Chapel), Ateneo de Manila University beginning early evening of Monday, March 31 till the evening of April 1.  Masses will be offered at 7 pm on both days.
Willy, as he was nicknamed, belonged to the first generation of Filipinos who took up anthropology as a profession.  After obtaining his PhD in Anthropology at Cornell University, he came back to teach in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University,  where he served as Chair for several terms.  He  also became the Director for several years of   the  Ateneo's Institute of Philippine Culture, one of the premier research institutes in the country.  Aside from his duties on campus, he was also active in various professional associations like the Philippine Sociological Society and the Philippine Social Science Council.

He will be remembered for his emphasis on the importance of methodology in doing qualitative research in sociology and anthropology.  Among his writings, *Qualitative Methodology*, has become a classic in the field. He will also be remembered for contributing to the emerging field of anthropology of business by articulating the connection between the structure of  Filipino business organizations and their cultural milieu.
Dr. Arce  has been with the Ateneo since 1967, save for 1978-81 when he acted as Program Coordinator of the Southeast Asia Population Research Awards Program at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. He is well remembered by his colleagues for his kindness and sense of humor and by his students for his expertise and good counsel.