SUSTAINABILITY & HERITAGE
Franciza Lima Toledo, a former GCI staff member and longtime project partner of the Institute, passed away in October 2010 due to complications from cancer treatment.
After receiving her PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, Franciza joined the GCI Science department in 2000 to participate in the Collections in Hot and Humid Environments project, contributing her expertise and continuing passion for developing climate management strategies that are not based on air-conditioning, for collections and historic interiors in tropical and subtropical regions. She focused her research at the Jekyll Island Historic District in Georgia in the United States, and at San Cristóbal de La Laguna in Spain.
After returning to her native Brazil in 2002, Franciza continued to work with the GCI on sustainable climate management strategies through the Alternative Climate Controls for Historic Buildings project. Among her major contributions were participation in the project's experts' roundtable held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, in 2007, and the successful design and installation of climate management strategies at Emilio Goeldi Museum in Belem, Brazil, and at the Casa de Rui Barbosa Museum in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the preparation of numerous publications from this work. She also contributed significantly to the GCI's training projects in Brazil. Beginning in 2009, she was a senior lecturer at the Anthropology and Museum Studies department at the Federal University of Pernambuco and continued to be involved in conservation projects of museums and archives in Brazil.
Franciza inspired everyone who worked with her by her belief in preventive conservation, her expertise, and her professional integrity, as well as her warm, generous, and caring personality. The Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation in Brazil awarded her a posthumous medal of honor for her long and inspiring contributions to the field of conservation in Brazil. It was presented on Brazil's Culture Day, November 5, 2010. Franciza is truly missed by her friends and colleagues at the Getty and by the worldwide conservation community.