Historian Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão, 95, died on Friday night in a home in Santarém, his son Vítor Serrão said on Saturday.
“My father, who had been ill for several years, was an eminent historian, pedagogue, researcher and academic who left a monumental work, such as Editorial Verbo’s History of Portugal, which contributed to renewing historiography in Portugal and training many young people researchers, ”said Vítor Serrão.
According to Vítor Serrão, the legacy that remains of his father’s work, “in addition to the abundant bibliography, is precisely the pedagogical mark, because it trained a number of students, including future researchers, archivists, people linked to Culture, who had the privilege of live with my father’s teaching ”.
Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão was born in Tremês, in Ribatejo, on July 8, 1925, and has two children, Vítor and Adriana, both professors at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon.
“In the messages that were transmitted to me, it is worth highlighting the unanimous praise of those who had him as a teacher and learned to love history with him”, said Vítor Serrão, emphasizing that his father’s work “extends beyond borders and contributed to highlight the profile of the History of Portugal in the Ibero-American context and in the general context of Europe ”.
On his Facebook page, Vítor Serrão wrote: “Because I can’t find the right words to express the feeling of loss and the pain of absence, I just share the news of my Father’s death, Prof. Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão (1925-2020), historian, essayist, academic and man of culture, which took place in Santarém at the end of today, July 31, a Friday with such a sad memory… ”.