Pedro Meira de Vasconcellos Bezerra

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Faleceu em Boston dia 21/09/2015 onde estava concluindo um MBA na Harvard Business School após uma breve luta contra um câncer avassalador.

Um obituário foi publicado pela escola:

"BOSTON, Sept. 22, 2015 -- Pedro Meira, a second-year student at Harvard Business School (HBS), died Monday, September 21st, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston at the age of 28. He had been diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer last April. A native of Recife, Brazil, and an engineer by training, he told colleagues that he had entered HBS to gain the business and leadership skills that would enable him to return to his country and have an impact on the development of its economy and civil society. “Hard work and dedication,” he once wrote, “are always compensated not only with knowledge but with great opportunities.”

“Pedro was an extraordinary student and a remarkable human being who cared deeply about others and wanted to make a difference in the world,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “He had a special ability to notice others and be sensitive to them--from the students in Brazil whom he helped with their studies to his classmates and many other friends on campus, it often seemed that he was taking care of us, even in his final days. We mourn his too early passing, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire HBS community are with Pedro’s mother, Cecilia, and his wife, Marcelle, also a second-year student, at this very sad time.”

Meira made his mark while still in high school. He excelled in Brazil’s famously difficult university entrance exam, the vestibular, scoring the highest grade of anyone in the country on the test’s chemistry section and winning admission to the prestigious Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA). He was able to make the journey from his home to the city of Sao Jose dos Campos thanks to scholarship aid he received from the Fundacao Estudar (founded by Jorge Lemann, Carlos Sicupira, and Marcel Telles), which funded 34 out of 4,243 candidates, and the Roberto Rocca Education Program, which offers a two-year scholarship to the best engineering students in Brazil and other developing nations.

Meira never lost sight of the opportunities those scholarships provided. Eager to give back during his years as an undergraduate, he became a volunteer physics teacher for a non-governmental organization known as CASDVest, which helps hundreds of poor Brazilian youngsters prepare for college admissions tests each year. Before long, he was voted by the students as one of the top three teachers in the program, and he also successfully took on a number of administrative responsibilities. The organization’s guiding principal (based on words written by John Lennon)--“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.”--became a kind of mantra for Meira’s own life as he thought about what he wanted to accomplish.

While at university, Meira also participated in several internships, including one at MIT and the independent, nonprofit Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, where he worked on the TALARIS project, which was charged with developing a new type of “planetary surface exploration vehicle.” It was such a top secret, he once quipped, that people had to be escorted to the bathroom. He also spent time in the finance and accounting department of Nokia, where added to his foreign language skills as well, supplementing the studies he had already undertaken in English, French, German, and Spanish. In addition, during the latter part of his senior year, he was an associate consultant intern in the São Paulo office of Bain & Company, where he was part of a team advising a Brazilian financial institution and analyzing real estate spin-off strategies for another organization.

At ITA, Meira was recognized for his academic achievements in the physics and human sciences departments, won awards in several Brazilian Mathematics Olympiads, and was elected president of a student club that organized activities such as recruiting fairs and alumni events. Under his leadership, ITA students raised more than US$100,000.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering in 2011, Meira joined McKinsey & Company as an analyst responsible for studying and forecasting the consumption of consumer goods in all Brazilian cities. He said that the key factor in his joining McKinsey was its great influence in his home region of Brazil, the Northeastern Region (NE). “The firm’s great influence in the NE as well as it mature and active Brazilian Public and Social Services Practice (PSS) are advantages that I intend to leverage,” he said. “I want to become the PSS Practice Leader for the Northeast, working closely with governments and NGOs to help them develop the region, creating value to society.”

Earning an MBA at Harvard Business School, he realized, would bring him one step closer to reaching that goal and achieving his dream. “An MBA, more than a requirement to succeed in this journey, is a wise and passionate path,” he said. “A solid background in business administration will be complementary to the analytical and entrepreneurial skills [I have already developed at school and at work].”

Meira’s friends, classmates, and professors rallied to support him and his family throughout the final weeks of his life, with the line of visitors waiting to see him at times lasting for hours. All those who knew him tried to live up to the standard he set.

Pedro is survived by his wife, Marcelle Gonçalves Meira; his mother, Cecília Meira de Vasconcellos; his step-father, Roberto Ferraz; his uncle who raised him, Miguel Meira de Vasconcellos, and his aunt, Clarissa Meira de Vasconcellos; and an extended family.


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