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Vol. 12, No. 42, May 1, 2000

 Past RI President Paulo Costa Dies at 70

The Board of Directors of Rotary International and RI President Carlo Ravizza announced the death of a great humanitarian and Rotarian, 1990-91 RI President Paulo V.C. Costa, who died April 10, 2000, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was 70. Past RI President Luis Vicente Giay officially represented President Ravizza at the funeral services.

Born in Santos in 1930, Paulo joined the Rotary Club of Santos in 1956. As President of Rotary International, he pursued his passionate concern for the environment by spearheading Rotary’s Preserve Planet Earth Program. As a result of his vigorous enthusiasm for preserving the world’s ecology, Rotarians have planted millions of trees worldwide and addressed many other pressing environmental issues. During his year as president, he also championed the RI theme Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm — two characteristics that were hallmarks of Paulo himself.

An architect, Paulo was president of Arena, an architectural and construction firm. He was also president of the board of “Familia Paulist,” a savings and loan association, and Integral and Arenaterra, two real estate investment companies. In addition, Paulo was a member of the Historical and Geographical Institute and the Engineers and Architects Association, as well as president of Calixto, a fine arts museum, and a counselor for the Brazil-USA Cultural Center. Paulo served RI as District Governor, International Assembly Discussion Leader, committee member and chairman, United Nations Special Representative, Foundation trustee and chairman, Director, Vice-President, and President. He received the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, Citation for Meritorious Service, and PolioPlus Pioneer Award, and was also a Foundation Benefactor. His wife, Rita, three sons, a daughter, and several grandchildren survive him.


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