Obituary of Teresita R. Echaniz

May 23, 2023

Teresita R. Echaniz

Teresita was born in Havana, Cuba and arrived in the U.S., as a refugee, in 1961. She lived with her parents in Flushing, N.Y.  Tere attended Barnard College where she majored in Mathematics. She was a trailblazer for women entering the math and computer science industry. She was the only woman in her college physics and math classes she needed to take at the then all-men’s Columbia University. She had a brilliant mind and loved sharing it with others.

In July of 1973 she married Paul Echaniz and had two wonderful daughters., Ana and Maria, who both attended The Epiphany School.  She is also the grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren.

Her professional career included work with the National Bureau of Economic Research, three airline companies, Oppenheimer, and New York Life Insurance Co. After obtaining an MBA with concentration in information systems at Baruch College, she became a professor there. Teaching was one of her favorite professions.

After she retired, she continued contributing to her communities for over a decade as a volunteer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and as a board member of the Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and was also very loved by her family and friends. She was a fervent believer in justice and proudly wore her label as a refugee from Cuba. Her warmth and caring spanned many, and her spirited sense of humor made many bellies giggle. These two characteristics shone even in her last days, as she was often pegged as hospital staff's "favorite patient"; with nurses visiting her even when she was no longer on their caseloads. May her spirit continue to shine through all of us.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Beattie-Powers Place, where Tere participated on the board for over a decade (, or to Al Otro Lado an organization that supports refugees.

Funeral Services

Funeral Mass

May 27, 2023

10:30 AM

Church of the Epiphany

375 2nd Ave.

New York City, NY 10010

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I am a friend of Paul Echaniz and my sincere condolences to him. It is hard to see such a bright soul depart from us, May God keep her soul in peace,

Posted by: Edwin Reimon - Rutherford, New Jersey - Friend May 26, 2023

She will be always in our thougths. God blessed her soul. Sara & Julio

Posted by: Julio Esquivel - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Friend May 26, 2023

Hi Paul , very sorry to read about your wife's passing. I was very impressed by her life's story, she was obviously a joy in your marriage. Best regards , Henry L Johnsen

Posted by: Henry Johnsen - Parlin, NJ - Coworker May 26, 2023

She was kind and considerate. It was great to volunteer at the Met with her.

Posted by: Ei-Zi Ahn - New York, NY - Friend May 26, 2023

I’m very sorry to hear about Teri’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with her over the years at New York Life Insurance Co. Teri was a wonderful person and co-worker. My sincere condolences to her Family and Friends. May she rest in peace.

Posted by: Joe Olwell - Floral Park, New York - Coworker May 28, 2023

Teresita was such a pleasant lady. Always helpful and smiling. I was honored to have worked with her NYL. Que descanse en paz?

Posted by: Betsy Rodriguez - Lynbrook , New York - Friend May 29, 2023

Dear Paul I am so sorry to hear about Teri’s passing. Jim passed May 5th of this year. I know what you’re going through. It’s so hard but I know their no longer in pain and in a good place. Paul, if you need anything let me know

Posted by: Liz Lenard - Galloway, NJ - Friend June 6, 2023