Luz Arauzo (FFS ’72 -‘06)
Luz Alva Arauzo was born in Lima, Peru. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and her master’s in Languages from Texas Christian University. During this time, Luz received the honor of Phil Sigma Lota – the highest honor given in Languages. After receiving her master’s degree, Texas Christian University asked Luz to teach. Luz accepted the offer for one semester; however, in 1972, she began to teach at Southwestern. During her years at Southwestern as a teacher and chair of the Language Department, Luz successfully recruited many students from South America. In fact, one year she recruited 25 students from Puerto Rico and 17 students from Venezuela! After 34 years of service, Luz retired from Southwestern in 2006.
Luz married Dr. Arturo Arauzo in 1947. In 1971, they moved to the Keene area where Arturo practiced in Keene, Cleburne, and Huguley Hospital (now Texas Health Huguley) as the one and only psychiatrist for many years. Luz and Arturo had three children: daughter Lyris and husband David Barroso have three children and live in Cedar Lake, Michigan; son Dr. Art Arauzo and wife Dorene live in Plano, Texas, and have three children; daughter Nilsa and husband Mickey Johnson live in Keene, Texas, and have two sons.
In 2014, Luz published “Through the Fire” by the Review and Herald Publishing Association. She is currently working on another paper entitled “Miracles in the Classroom.” Luz is active in public and community activities. She participates in a missionary group called “Loops of Love” that knit prayer shawls for charity. Luz has traveled extensively. Her travels have taken her to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Japan, England, France, Italy, Vienna, Germany, Greece, Poland, Thailand, and more.
Regarding Southwestern, Luz states, “I had the privilege of working under the leadership of Mr. Leroy Leiske, Dr. Calvin Gordon, Dr. Don McAdams, Dr. Marvin Anderson, and Dr. Don Sahly. They were all wonderful leaders, visionaries, and great friends. Under their direction, I was able to witness many great accomplishments like the growth of Southwestern Adventist College into the great Southwestern Adventist University that it is today, offering a variety of great new programs like the Gift of Prophecy Art Contest that went around the whole Adventist educational world, providing friendship, knowledge, and universal Christian unity. I am very proud to be a part of the history of Southwestern Adventist University.”