Oscar Hijuelos

A Tragic Loss to the SEEK/CD Community - We Mourn the Passing of Oscar Hijuelos


The Office of Special Programs was saddened to learn that Oscar Hijuelos, the first Latino to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died on October 12th, 2013 at the age of 62.  Mr. Hijuelos won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for his book, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love”.

Oscar was born in New York and was of Cuban-American descent.  He loved living in New York City and loved being a member of the CUNY family of students.  He graduated from the CCNY SEEK Program with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1975, and then went on to earn a Masters Degree in 1976.  He was one of the most illustrious and successful graduates in the history of the SEEK Program. 

Over the years Mr. Hijuelos always remembered his roots in the SEEK Program.  He generously gave of his time and energy and provided much appreciated support to SEEK Program events and activities both at City College and at the University level.  He was an inspiration to all students who knew him or knew of him. The CUNY SEEK community has most certainly lost a much beloved man of exceptional talent.  He will be greatly missed.