Patricio Maldonado Lince was born on the 8th of December, 1941 in Quito, Ecuador. He passed away on August 21st, 2017. Patricio was one of five brothers and sisters. He is survived by Anicia – his wife of 53 years, his son Patricio and his wife Maria Belen, his son Juan Carlos and his wife Susana, and his daughter Anicia (Nena) as well as his sisters Elena and Maria Paulina and four grandchildren.
Patricio joined USAID/Ecuador in 1964 as an FSN Private Sector Officer working on the program to develop the National Productivity Center. In the early 1970s, USAID Mission Director Peter Cody moved him into the Program Office. Patricio and Peter had a very close relationship, and Patricio saw him as an important mentor for his career.
By the late 1970s, Patricio was essentially the USAID/Ecuador Program Officer and remained as such throughout the 1980s and 1990s, until his retirement in 2002. He was considered one of USAID’s most senior and effective Foreign Service National employees, working across many different sectors and programs Throughout his USAID career, he played a key role in implementing projects with the private sector and civil society organizations, managed participant training and the small projects fund, and helped groups expand non-traditional exports.
According to former USAID Mission Director, John Sanbrailo, “Patricio was the heart and soul of USAID/Ecuador for more than 30 years and his spirit lives on in those Ecuadorians and Americans who have joined arms to advance the country’s development and integration.”
Subsequently, he worked for the Ecuadorian government’s Northern Border Development program funded by USAID and other donors to stabilize this conflictive region and aid the large number of Colombian displaced persons who were streaming into Ecuador. He then served as a consultant for the Pan American Development Foundation. Patricio later joined Casals & Associates as project director for anti-corruption projects throughout Latin America.
Patricio had a very strong character and was a very caring person who set a wonderful example for others. He loved both his family and his work. He enjoyed tennis and music. He was very passionate about bull-fighting and was President of the Plaza de Toros in Quito.
We will miss our friend, colleague and confidant. Thank you Patricio for being an important part of our lives.