Luis Madamba Tupas

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It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Luis “Louie” Tupas announce his passing. Louie, age 61, of Vienna, VA passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2023.
Louie was born and grew up in the Philippines thru his college years. He went to Ateneo de Manila Elementary School from 1968 to 1975, and to the Philippine Science High School Main Campus from 1975 to 1979. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1982 from the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, majoring in Marine Sciences. He went to the University of Tokyo Ocean Research Institute for his Master of Science in Marine Science (1988) and his Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Science (1991). His Ph.D. dissertation was a joint advisory with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Hawaii.
Louie started his professional career as a researcher at the Marine Science Institute (1982 – 1985), then as an instructor in the Department of Zoology (1983 – 1985), both at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus. He then served as a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1991-2002. He began his federal government career in 2002 as a program director at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2004, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), now the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He served at NIFA as a national program leader, division director, and deputy director for Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment. He joined the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 2020. His responsibilities included being the NRCS Research and Scientific Integrity Officer and co-executive leader of the USDA Climate Hubs.
At the time of his passing, Louie was serving as the Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment at the NRCS. He provided leadership for various conservation and sustainable agriculture programs. He provided national leadership to address global change and climate impacts on agriculture, forestry, and other landscapes, and also developed and implemented strategies for sustainable natural resources utilization and environmental systems management. The work he supervised also promoted domestic and international partnerships and engagement through collaborative research, education, and outreach programs.
In 2005, Louie was awarded the Philippine Science High School Gawad Lagablab Award for Excellence and Distinguished Achievement in International Research (Oceanography). He was active with the University of the Philippines Alumni Association DC/MD/VA and served as Chapter President at the time of U.P.’s Centennial Celebration in 2008. He was also a member of Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE).
Louie was predeceased by his father, Mateo (1983), and his mother, Filonila (1992). He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Jermelina, his son, Mishail (Miko), and his sister Maria Isabel (Marisa) Tupas-Morgan. He will be remembered most as an academic and for his public service, and he will be dearly missed by family, friends, and colleagues alike.

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Memorial Service: September 2, 2023 11:00 am

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  1. Will have memories of how thoughtful and sweet you are as a friend. Rest in peace Louie. You will be missed.

  2. You will be missed Louie. Your jokes, laughs, and sincerity. A co-worker, supervisor and friend. My deepest sympathy to the family!

  3. You were a great positive influence that encouraged me to always look for a way to accomplish things. Rest in peace Louie and condolences to your friends and family.

  4. I worked with Louie for many of his years in the Federal government. I always found Louie to be dedicated to his job and the people around him. He was an advocate for good science and its application to societal needs. Most of all, he was a good guy, someone that I always looked forward to seeing and working with. I will miss Louie.

  5. I worked with Louie at NIFA for many years. I miss his pleasant approach to problem-solving and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. In addition to being a reliable colleague, he was fun to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with Louie and his family, friends and coworkers today. Miss you, Louie!

  6. Godspeed on your eternal journey Louie. Affirming peace and comfort to Jermelina, Miko, and other family members as you mourn Louie’s absence from the physical plane.

  7. Sending our love and prayers to the Tupas family. Thinking of you all during this time of loss. May Louie light the way to all of your fondest memories that bring your heart peace and joy. God bless.

  8. Rest in peace Louie–I will miss many things about you but most your fun-loving spirit. You were an outstanding colleague, scientist, and professional. My deepest condolences to Jermelina, Mika, and the rest of Louie’s family.

  9. I met Louie when he first joined the federal service at NSF. I appreciate his many contributions over the years. I always thought that his joy was his family. I am very sad to lose a colleague and a friend in Louie. My heart breaks for the Tupas family. May you find peace in your loving memories.

  10. Our sincere condolences to you Jermelina, Mike and Marisa. Please know that you are in our thoughts and let me know if I can help in any way.

    Louie was a brilliant, creative, passionate, thoughtful, optimistic, and fun-loving colleague at NIFA. He brought outstanding scientific acumen to his work and yet he approached his work with empathy and with the premise that it needs to make an impact on people and society. He contributed significantly to NIFA’s portfolio of research and extension investments to address many extant societal challenges, particularly climate change and water and environmental issues. The success we had when I was at NIFA is in some ways attributable to the work done by Louie and members of the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment.

    Thank you, Louie. You made the lives of many better. Rest in peace, my friend!

  11. Sending our regards from ND, on behalf of Soil Conservation District and NRCS employees alike. Though we may not have known Dr. Tupas personally, his character and career path speaks well of his heart. Wishing you the best in this challenging time of great loss.

    Malissa McKee
    District Clerk
    Morton County Soil Conservation District
    Mandan, ND

  12. Will never forget you being there in my time of need. Couldn’t have made it through without you. Always a pleasure and time together wasn’t enough. May your spirit be free, thoughts and prayers for your loved ones, and staying strong for the mission. May there always be warmth in your Hale, fish in your net, and Aloha in your heart. Aloha ke akua.

  13. Rest in peace Louie! Thanks for your many years of dedicated public service in the federal government and academia. I very much appreciated your collaborative spirit and your warm smile. We will always remember you and the positive impact you had on people and the nation’s food and agricultural systems. My sincere condolences to your family.

  14. Sending my deepest sympathy to the family and friends. Dr. Tupas will be missed at work but his contributions will live on.

  15. Our deepest condolences to Ate Jermie, Miko and Ate Marisa. We are praying for you. Sending our hugs and kisses. Kahit wala kami dyan kasama nyo kami sa pagluluksa.
    Dear Kuya Toti, I will always remember your love, kindness and warmth for the Tupas family. We are so sad losing you so soon. We love you always. May your soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  16. Our dear Kuya Toti, we all love you, always … forever. Rest in peace now. Be happy in God’s most loving and sweet embrace. In heaven, we shall meet again! ☁☁☁ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

  17. Louie, I met you in February when our NRCS Northwest Leadership Development Program class visited Washington, D.C. Of all the NRCS leaders who spoke to our class, you definitely stood out as the most positive, energetic and encouraging — I remember thinking how you would be the kind of supervisor I would like to work for. Your passion and enthusiasm was contagious. I do not know what caused you to leave this world, but I hope that you went peacefully and that you knew how many people respected you. I hope you are still wearing a smile in the spirit world.

  18. Dear Jermelina and family,
    I pray that you feel the light, positive energy, and love surrounding you all during these challenging times. Working with you and Louie was a pleasure! May the Unknowable Essence of the Universe provide you the strengthen and courage you need! Wishing you Peace, Effie

  19. My thoughts are with the family. I was devastated to hear this news. I never met Dr. Tupas in person, but had several opportunities to connect virtually. This included an opportunity I had through an internal employee awareness campaign to help our workforce get to know NRCS leaders. During this video interview, he was warm, hilarious, genuine, wise, and made me feel like I had known him for a long time. Then, he counseled me during a challenging career decision I needed to make, and during that chat, he extended so much wisdom and care and compassion….I felt like I was talking to a family member. The agency will miss his contributions. He was the epitome of what leadership should be–leading the way, but also caring for each other, and he illustrated that through all his actions. Rest in Peace Dr. Tupas.

  20. Dear ate Jerme, maraming salamat sa pagmamahal mo kay Louie at Miko. Ang buong pamilya ay nakikiramay sa inyo ni Miko, Marisa at Michael, sa panahong ito. Louie loves you so dearly in all the years that you’ve been together. Kayo ni Miko ang laman ng kanyang isip at puso. Yes, you will miss him. We will miss him so much too. And I believe that love is eternal, so please find comfort in knowing that he will always stay in love with you even if he has gone ahead to rest in God. Sending you all my love. Malayo man kami dyan sa piling nyo ay madama nyo sana ang aming pagmamahal. We pray for you. We love you ate Jerme and Miko.

  21. Unbelievable! Just last June 2023, we met you and Jermelina in Kobe, Japan during meeting of Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). We will be missing you Louie. Pray for the eternal peace to the departed soul of my friend. My deep condolences to Jermelina and her family.

  22. I met Louie in March 2023 at our leadership development visit to Washington D.C and he was fantastic as a speaker, and his beginnings and continued leadership and mentorship skills. He was so open to helping others. His presence and enthusiasm will be greatly missed. Prayers for his family as you navigate this loss of remarkable man.

  23. My deepest sympathies to the Tupas family – Luis was a very special person – intelligent, talented, humorous, creative, and full of integrity. He showed us that he cared deeply for people and our natural resources (and scientific integrity). We, in return, cared deeply about him. His passing leaves a gigantic void in many lives at NRCS. I feel blessed having known him and thank you for sharing him with us. May your memories help bring you peace during this time of sorrow.

  24. Our deepest condolences to the family and keeping you always in our prayers. I remember the first time I met Louie. Such a kind and wonderful spirit. He had that smile and a way of engaging with you in any conversation. It’s just hard to believe. Praying for strength for the family and for all of us who will miss him so. Rest in Peace Friend! May God continue to keep the family, always.

  25. Jermelina and Miko, We are so very saddened by Luis’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today and going forward. Your NSF and EES family are here to support however we can.

  26. Jermelina,
    Our sincerest condolences. Wishing you strength and support during this time. You are in our thoughts.

  27. I’m lighting this candle to keep the light that Louie brought to us all. Louie’s flame was so bright, and it touched the lives and work of more people than we’ll ever be able to count. I already miss him so very much; he was a colleague, a trusted advisor, and most importantly for me, a friend with whom I spoke nearly every day. May the light of the world shine upon Louie’s family and all those who loved him.
    May his soul rest in peace.

  28. Sending my deepest condolences. I met Louie and NIFA and Louie always made a point to make everyone feel welcomed and accepted. He was so wonderful to work with and will be missed dearly.

  29. My deepest condolences to the Tupas family. During the time that I worked for Louie, I always found him energetic, positive, and approachable, as well as inspiring in his strong commitment to natural resource issues. We will miss him at USDA.

  30. Rest peacefully, Louie. I enjoyed working with you at NIFA and metro rides to/from Vienna!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jermelina, Miko, and family.

  31. My sincere condolences and prayers for the family of Louie. May God surround you all with His love, comfort, and peace.

    I will always remember his energetic leadership as Corps Commander in our high school ROTC. He was a kind and jolly soul.

  32. Cat and I send our deepest condolences to Jermie, Miko, and the whole family. Louie leaves behind an incredible legacy. He brought so much love and grace to the world. In our interactions, I knew him to be a friendly, constructive and gentle presence. I hope the happy memories last a lifetime and bring you comfort and peace.

    Steve and Cat Whalen

  33. Louie was truly a ‘one of a kind’ guy with much energy and definitely a love for life, for people, for making a difference. It was truly a privilege to have known him, and to be connected to him, you, Jermelina, and your son, Miko. May memories bring smiles and laughs through the tears as Louie’s light shines on within us all.

  34. I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Luis’ passing. He was not just a colleague to me in our work at APN; he was a dear friend and mentor of over 18 years. His friendship, kindness and guidance was unwavering and I feel blessed to have spent precious time with him and Jermelina in June in Kobe Japan.

    Luis’ memory will always be a guiding light for me. My heart aches, but it is filled with gratitude for having known him. My heartfelt condolences to you, dear Jermelina and Miko, Luis’ beloved family. I truly hope you can find solace in the love and respect he earned from us all.

  35. Louie,
    Even though our family get togethers were few and far between, I always enjoyed seeing you . Rest in peace and love to you and yours.

  36. Gone too soon and so young! You blessed us all with your wit, humor and kindness. You will be missed Louie, see you again some time!

    Christina and Jovit Almendrala

  37. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

  38. May the Lord grant Louie eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his wife Jerme and son Miko find solace in this time of grief.

  39. Dear Jermelina,
    My deepest condolences to you and the extended family. What sad news.

    I got to know and interact with Luis when we worked on a large interagency DOE-USDA NIFA-NSF initiative, Earth System Modeling on Regional and Decadal Scales. He was a great colleague and I remember the numerous meetings and animated scientific discussions we all had in Room 791 of the old NSF HQs at Ballston. He was great fun and brought joy and laughter to those around him.

    RIP Luis, you will be missed.

  40. Please accept my condolence Germelina and family. I do not know your husband, the deceased, but I know he will be missed greatly. He has accomplished many things in his life, I wish I had known him and you these past years. I have lived in MetroDc, in Arlington for many years. I hope to meet you one day, Germelina.

  41. Dear Jermelina,
    Please allow me to offer you my sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved husband Louie. I really liked Louie a lot. He always was friendly with and kind to me. I enjoyed the time we spent together. I’m sorry! Terry

  42. Dear Jermelina,
    Please allow me to offer you my sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved husband Louie. I really liked Louie a lot. He always was friendly with and kind to me. I enjoyed the time we spent together.

  43. Dear Jerme,
    Prayers for the whole family. I have always admired Louie for his leadership and humility from the time he was our Corps Commander in high school. Throughout the years, he always brought his contagious smile to high school reunions and get together. Louie will be missed.

  44. I remember Louie as (my high school best friend) Marisa’s protective & responsible brother. As Batch ’79 Corps Comm, Louie exemplified discipline abd wit.

    Louie’s love for marine life rubbed off on Marisa, and on me. I collected various items of dolphin theme. Our stair balustre is of wrought iron dolphin designed by our Mom.

    Through the years, Louie has inspired me as a leader in his field, and of his family wife Jerm and son Miko.

    You will be missed, Louie. Rest in peace.

  45. I have fond memories of Louie when we were young research assistants at UP MSI in the early 80s. I remember his beautiful smile, smart mind, his energy and enthusiasm. My heartfelt condolences to Jermie and family. Rest in peace Louie in God’s loving embrace.

  46. We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Auntie Melin and Miko and the rest of the bereaved. May Uncle Louie rest in peace.

  47. Dear Jermelina,

    I am deeply sorry to learn about the passing of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  48. I knew Louie from Philippine Science High School and UP Diliman days and I have seen him over the years during our batch get togethers. He was a wonderful storyteller and had lots of interesting and educational adventures. Smart, funny and kind man who will be deeply missed. Praying for you, Jerme and Miko. 🙏🏼❤️

  49. I will surely miss you my dearest cousin Toti. I will treasure our loving relationship and the fond memories we have during our lifetime together.

    I know you are now resting in peace.

    Jermie, Miko and Maris, although we cannot be there with you, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  50. We will miss you, Uncle Toti. Thank you for being generous of your time and blessings. You have made a positive impact in our lives. Thank you. We love you!

  51. Our sincere condolences to Jerme, Miko, Marisa, Tupas and Garibay families. May dear Louie rest in peace.
    – Jerry and Florie Abaya-Duazo (PSHS 79)

    • Sending my condolences to the family. Louie was such a warm and funny person. I met Louie when I worked at NIFA. I remember how open he was to everyone he came across and and always had chocolate to share with others. He was very caring and considerate and will be greatly missed. May be rest in peace.

  52. My deepest condolences on the loss of Dr. Tupas. His memory and impact will always be felt at the APN. I will sorely miss his jokes and brilliant mind. I had the honour to get to know you, Dr. Tupas. Rest in peace

  53. Sending my condolences to the family. Louie was such a warm and funny person. I met Louie when I worked at NIFA. I remember how open he was to everyone he came across and and always had chocolate to share with others. He was very caring and considerate and will be greatly missed. May be rest in peace.

  54. I had an opportunity to talk with him in June at the APN conference in Japan. He had the warmest heart with a great sense of humour, and I remember him telling me funny stories about his university days.
    My sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace.

  55. Prayers of Peace and healing to the Tupas Family! Despite just knowing Louie a short while, I will always treasure his memtorship, friendship, and servant leadership! He has a servant’s heart in a King’s body!!!!!

  56. Louie will be sorely missed by so many. What a joy it was to know and work with him. Salamat dear Louie, Salamat Po. Love and prayers to Jermelina, Miko, and family.

  57. My deepest condolences go out to Louie’s family and friends during this difficult time. Louie was a light for all of us as we navigate both our larger agency mission and our day-to-day life. His sudden passing has impacted me deeply. I was lucky enough to be both Louie’s acting supervisor for a short time, and then as time went on and we got to know each other, a trusted confidant. One of my favorite memories was having lunch with Louie, Jerme and Mabel in his office last time I was in DC. It was amazing food, Jerme and Louie shared their heart–many stories about types of apples and where they came from, but better yet a time of sharing and fellowship. Louie loved this agency and was so thoughtful about the impact he wanted to lead. Thank you, Jerme, Marrissa and Miko for sharing Louie with all of us–for too short of a time. May the memories he left bring a smile as you remember he touched so many lives in a positive way.

  58. Louie, you will be sorely missed. Rest in peace and may God welcome you in His loving arms. Our deepest condolences to Jerme, Miko and Marissa.

  59. Rest in peace, Louie. My sincerest condolences to you, Jerme and Miko. I remember seeing you and Louie when my brother, Buster was here for my parents’ golden wedding anniversary celebration. This was several years ago but I know you and my brother have kept in touch over the years.

  60. Thank you, Louie. You always knew where True North was, and always inspired me to stay on the path of scientific truth. My sincerest condolences to the family.

  61. I send my deepest condolence to Louie’s family. It was my honor to see him for the first time in person in Kobe, Japan in June this year, as we met many times only online at APN’s meetings during the COVID era. May his soul rest in peace.

  62. Dear Jermelina & Tupas Family,
    There are no words to express the sorrow for your loss. My condolences and heart goes out to you and your family/friends. I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you some comfort in the memories you have and knowing you will be together again one day.

  63. Louie, you will be missed, my friend. You were the spark plug who always inspired people to do better. Always thought you’d be around DC to share more stories from our days in Kulyawan, Ateneo, PSHS, and here in the US, but these will now be treasured memories from here on. Rest now in peace, you’ve shown the way for the rest of us. My sincere condolences to his family, most especially to Jerome and Miko.

  64. I had the pleasure of working with Louie during his career at NIFA. I got to know Louie and experience all the great attributes and characteristics expressed by family, friends and colleagues during the service and in the guest book. I got to know Louie well when I was acting Deputy Director for the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment prior to Louie being promoted to this position. I was so happy when it was announced Louie would be the new Deputy Director for IBCE. I could not think of anyone better qualified for this position. I always enjoyed meeting with him both at work and socially. He always made my day better and I miss him. My condolences to the family and thank you so much for having the virtual funeral services.

  65. Louie was a unique leader in the federal climate change science sector. I interacted with him frequently during my years working on interagency carbon science and the State of the Carbon Cycle Report at NIFA. He was always so welcoming and warm. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, Jermelina and family.

  66. I worked with Louie at NIFA for many years. I will always remember our conversations in the hallway and his infectious smile. My deepest condolences to Jermelina, Miko and the entire Tupas family. Thinking of you in these difficult times. R.I.P. Louie!

  67. Louie Tupas was our Corps Commander in Philippine Science High School, Batch ‘79. He was a good man & exemplary leader, firm but kind & compassionate. Always smiling! He will be sorely missed! May God Grant You, Louie, Eternal Rest in Heaven. My deepest condolences & prayers to Jerme, Miko, Marisa & Family.

  68. Dearest Jerme and Miko

    Our heartfelt and sincerest condolences for your great loss. Louie’s passing was untimely, sudden and unexpected. We pray that you take it with calm, peace, and acceptance that our Lord giveth and He alone taketh away. No matter the distance, we will always keep you and Miko in our thoughts and prayers. Much love and warmest ‘aloha’ from both of us, Mark & Cathy and JP.

  69. Sympathy’s and condolences to Jerme and Miko
    louie was my first RA and one of most productive and happy. 🙏🙏🙏

  70. Louie is a friend of over 50 years. In fact, there are quite a number of us like that. For when Louie becomes your friend, he is a friend for life. There are many things I can say about Louie, but one incident sticks out in my memory. Back in high school, we engaged in a teenage prank. My friends and I would gather under a tree on campus after class to hang out. One day we decided on this particular activity. As people approached our group, two of our friends would pretend to be fighting and are about to get into a physical altercation. We did this to find out what the reaction would be of people approaching. Some people turned around and walked away. Some people would continue approaching and ask, hey what’s going on, or, stop it you guys. When it was Louie’s turn, he ran towards the group, put himself in between the two guys who were about to come to blows, and emphatically but compassionately told the guys to stop and that they can work things out peacefully. We were stunned. Louie Tupas was the only one who reacted that way. That incident is imprinted in my memory because it speaks volumes about the character and integrity of Louie Tupas.
    I had a long phone conversation with him just recently, not knowing that it would be our last. You left us too early, my Corps Commander. It is not just words to say that you will be missed by many. Deepest condolences to Jerme and Miko , from all of us in the Pisay 79 family.

  71. I salute you one last time as I stand in awe of your great leadership, selfless service, and towering achievements.
    Thank you Louie for living your life to make this world a better place.

  72. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Jermelina and the family. Louie, thank for for sharing your warmth, energy, wisdom and guidance. Thank you for providing me with confidence. I am sincerely grateful that our paths crossed.

  73. Louie was always an inspiration of encouragement, passion, and knowledge he shared with so many. I am blessed to have known Louie. My condolences to his family and friends as we all grieve his passing.

  74. Louie was an exceptional human being and an excellent supervisor and colleague. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to the family. – Karelyn Cruz

  75. Louie, classmate, always a friend, often referred to as our Corps Commander. That was when we first witnessed his leadership qualities. From your honor guards and corps, our final tribute and salute. “Pangkati…!! Balanghay! Pulutong!! Tanghal ‘ta!!

  76. Like your mom you left this earth too early which saddens me doubly. I’ll miss your good humored nature and our familial connection through our mothers and the “old country”. To Jerme, Miko & Marisa I am deeply sorry. I wish we spent more time together. Rest in peace Cousin Louie

  77. When I worked at USDA-NIFA, Louie & I often ran into each other in the 3rd floor kitchen, the hallway, on a committee, meetings…. Louie was ALWAYS incredibly upbeat and smiling, even when I could tell it was a day with EVEN MORE to do & think about for NIFA. We could always find something to laugh about & then go back to what needed to be done. His positive, can-do attitude was inspirational. Louie was 100% authentic in his care & concern for everyone. I wish Jermelina & all family, relatives, & closest friends a deep sense of comfort in the coming days, months, & years knowing & remembering that an exceptional soul was among us & that presence remains even now.

  78. Dear Jermelina and Tupas family,
    My deepest condolences in the loss of your dear husband, father, partner, and friend; it is difficult to express our sorrow, but we would like to wish that comfort in the sweet memories provides you strength during these hard moments.

  79. Dear Jermelina and Tupas family,
    My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May your warm memories carry you through the sadness, and may you find comfort time the support and love of your family, friends, and community. We are all here to support you.

  80. My deepest condolences to the Tupas family. Your NSF family is here to support you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  81. Louie will truly be missed by the Asian community, especially AAGEN (Asian American Government Executive Network). He was always there when we needed someone to either be on a SES panel, mentor, or participate in mock interviews for aspiring SES cohorts in the AAGEN SES Development Program. His countless devotion to helping others even as an ongoing SES was extraordinary, which speaks volumes about his loving care for everyone. And what a sense of humor! I will truly miss his friendship and we all have lost a spectacular leader in the Asian Community! Thank God for special people like Louie who gave and gave so others could become leaders. Louie, I wish you the best on your next journey to Heaven! My condolences to his lovely family, and may God be with you and yours. Your pal, David Chien

  82. We have lost a great supporter and friend. His positive attitude and smiling face will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolence to the family.

  83. Dear Jermelina, Miko, Marisa, and all the Tupas family,
    I’m sending you my heartfelt warmest wishes that your wonderful memories of Louie help you through this difficult time. Louie was an extraordinary colleague to many of us at NIFA for many years. He was also a steadfast colleague of mine at NRCS, where I took comfort in seeing him and hearing his voice coming from his office just down the hall from mine, as we both transitioned to a new agency. He always spoke so proudly, lovingly, and enthusiastically of you, his family. Louie touched so many lives in the most positive and genuine ways. I hope his incredible legacy and the outpouring of love he inspired brings you comfort and peace.

  84. Sending my deepest condolences to the Tupas family. I interacted with Louie during our work in IARPC, and I always appreciated his enthusiasm and thoughtful input.

  85. Dear Jermelina,
    My heartfelt condolences and sympathy during this difficult time. May God bless and comfort you and your family as you commemorate Louie’s amazing life.

  86. Dear Jerme and Miko – With our deepest sympathies as you mourn the loss of your beloved husband and father. Sending many prayers to heaven for the repose of the soul of our very dear friend, “Kuya”, and godfather to Joey. We will miss our jolly “Santa” this Christmas and in years to come. Rest in peace, Louie.

  87. Sending many prayers and condolences to Louie’s family. Thanking Louie for his many contributions to the agency and to conservation.

  88. My deepest condolences to the Tupas family. Louie was an enthusiastic and brilliant conservationist and scientist. He provided tremendous leadership to NRCS and the conservation community. We joked about visiting different Costco stores and his chin strap penguin. He will be truly missed.

  89. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Louie. I worked at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture with Louie and always looked forward to his hearty, friendly greeting and kind smile! My deepest sympathies go to Jermelina and Miko. I am so very sorry for your loss and may he rest in peace.

    He made a big impact on everyone he met!

    Suzanne Le Menestrel

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