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In Memory of

Fabio Ribas Chaddad

December 27, 1969 - November 24, 2016

Obituary


Dr. Fabio R. Chaddad, 46, of Columbia, MO passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.



Memorial service will be on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the A.P. Green Chapel, annexed to the Memorial Union Center at the University of Missouri campus on 518 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO. The family will be available to greet at the entrance of the chapel at 1:30 PM. Home



Fabio was born on December 27, 1969 In São Paulo, Brazil; the son of Reynaldo F. Chaddad and Thereza R. Chaddad....

Dr. Fabio R. Chaddad, 46, of Columbia, MO passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.



Memorial service will be on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the A.P. Green Chapel, annexed to the Memorial Union Center at the University of Missouri campus on 518 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO. The family will be available to greet at the entrance of the chapel at 1:30 PM. Home



Fabio was born on December 27, 1969 In São Paulo, Brazil; the son of Reynaldo F. Chaddad and Thereza R. Chaddad. His father, Reynaldo preceded him in death and his mother, Thereza, who resides in São Paulo, survives. He was married on July 4, 1996 in Asuncion, Paraguay to Maria Rodriguez-Alcalá, a native of Paraguay, who survives of the home. Other survivors include their son, Rodrigo Chaddad (17, born in Columbia, MO) of the home and two brothers, Fernando Chaddad and Fabricio Chaddad, both residing in São Paulo.



Fabio was an academic, consultant, and mentor in the global agricultural sector. He was an Associate Professor in the department of Agricultural & Applied Economics at the University of Missouri, one the world’s top agribusiness programs. He also held a joint position at Insper, a leading center for education and research in the fields of business, economics, law and engineering in São Paulo, Brazil, where Fabio taught during summers.



His career began at ESALQ, ranked as the best agricultural college in Latin America, where he received his BS in Agronomy. Fabio earned a MS degree in Business Administration at PENSA - the University of São Paulo, an institution that shaped some of the most recognized agribusiness academic leaders in Brazil. Next, he completed his PhD in Agricultural & Applied Economics at the University of Missouri, where his research focused on organizational economics, primarily emphasizing on agricultural cooperatives. Co-ops are considered the most complex, but at the same time the most promising forms of organizations in the agriculture sector today. His first academic position was at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, followed by Insper Business School in São Paulo; and lastly his two current joint positions.



Fabio advised key players in the agricultural sector around the world, including: the United States, Brazil, India, Uruguay, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Australia, Ukraine, several other European countries, and Mozambique. Since very early in his career, he received various academic awards, including: the Edwin G. Nourse Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation at University of Missouri; the R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching at Washington State University; the Chafi Haddad Award for Excellence in Teaching at Insper Business School; and the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching at University of Missouri. These awards reflect Fabio’s passion about teaching and mentoring students.



Fabio’s most recent accomplishment is the book titled The Economics and Organization of Brazilian Agriculture: Recent Evolution and Productivity Gains, where he tells the story about how Brazilian agriculture successfully entered and – in some sectors – dominated global export markets. This book synthesized extensive interviews with key players in the agricultural sector all over Brazil. Fabio’s conclusion was that agricultural success in Brazil was not the result of favorable soil and climate, but was rather largely determined by hard work, endurance, perseverance, resilience and, above all, how individuals were able to organize themselves.



Fabio was a passionate individual who lived a very intense life, constantly seeking to learn from different personalities and cultures. He enjoyed cooking, was a soccer fan, found comfort in listening to many different kinds of music, appreciated international cinema, and above all loved traveling, not just for work. In a way, we can say that he passed away in his second home: an airport. It is hard to imagine a life lived so intensely at such a young age, but those who knew Fabio personally know what this means.



As a husband and father, Fabio will be missed the most. His struggle with cancer, although a very difficult experience for his son and wife, was also an opportunity to understand how much Fabio loved them above all. In July 2016 Fabio and Maria completed 20 years of marriage. Last year, Fabio made sure they visited Paris, where they met in 1995 while attending a conference and a study abroad program. Until the very last minute of his life, Fabio kept supporting and also mentoring his wife so that she would continue and finish her PhD, even in the midst of such a difficult challenge. His last trip, after which he died getting off the plane in Saint Louis International Airport, was the return from New York, something he had planned for months to take his son, now a senior in Hickman High School, to visit two colleges Fabio had researched and were considered two of the best schools in the field in which Rodrigo recently expressed interest.



The family very much appreciates the wonderful messages received via e-mail, texts and social media and respectfully requests for Fabio’s friends and colleagues to share these messages by posting under online tributes at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com (click on his name under obituaries and then submit under guest book). All messages posted online will be later printed in a book that will stay with the family. (This online page will be available for 90 days).



In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Fabio Chaddad Memorial Fund at the University of Missouri. The Fund will be used for scholarships to continue helping students that Fabio so much enjoyed mentoring. Contributions can be made online at http://tinyurl.com/fabiochaddadmemorialfund or mailed/dropped off at:



CAFNR Advancement Office/Fabio Chaddad Memorial Fund



2-4 Agriculture Building



Columbia, MO 65211