Fernando Alfredo Guedes Pereira de Mello Freyre was born in Recife, Pernambuco, on 14 October 1943, to Gilberto de Mello Freyre and Maria Magdalena de Mello Freyre.
He attended primary and secondary education at various schools, including those of Santa Rosa de Lima in Rio de Janeiro, São Luiz and the Marist College in Recife, and Nova Friburgo, in Rio de Janeiro.
He graduated in legal and social sciences from the Recife Facultyof Law in 1967, and in administration from the Olinda Faculty in 1986.
He married Maria Cristina Lucas Suassuna on 14 October 1966, with whom he had three children: Gilberto de Mello Freyre Neto, Francisca Suassuna de Mello Freyre and Fernando de Mello Freyre Filho.
He worked in the private sector as managing partner of the Serviços Técnicos e Obras Rodoviárias Ltda (Highway Works and Technical Services Ltd), in João Pessoa, PB, and director of Empreendimentos Associados de Pernambuco Ltda (Pernambuco Associated Enterprises Ltd) (EMAPE) in Recife, PE (1967/1971).
He held various public offices, including the chief of staff of Pernambuco Governor Paulo Guerra (1964-1965); executive director of the Joaquim Nabuco Institute for Social Research (IJNPS), today the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation (FUNDAJ), which he joined in 1963. He was president of FUNDAJ from 1980 to 2003.
Elected President of the Pernambuco State Cultural Council in 1992-1993 and 1999-2003, he also participated actively as a member of other organs, including the Advisory Board of SUDENE (Northeast Development Superintendence), the Council of the University of Pernambuco (UPE), the Pernambuco State Council for Science and Technology and the Development Council of the Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP). He was an effective partner of the Pernambuco Archaeological, History and Geography Institute, and also took part as a correspondent member of the Imperial Museum, Petrópolis (RJ) and of the Alagoas Institute of History and Geography, in addition to being an academic correspondent of the Lisbon (Portugal) National Academy of Fine Arts.He also held the presidency of Brazil-Japan Cultural Association (1985-1991) and Caxangá Agape, Recife (1984-1985). He presided overthe Gilberto Freyre Foundation from 2003 to 2005.
He was a member of the Brazilian Union of Writers – Pernambuco Section (UBE-PE) and was elected to the Pernambuco Academy of Letters in 1998, where he held Chair No. 32, whose patron is the historian Francisco Augusto Pereira da Costa.
Among the honours he received, worth highlighting are: Commander of the Guararapes Order of Merit (1986), Officer of the Order of Military Merit (1986), Commander of the Military Order of Santiago da Espada, awarded by the President of the Portuguese Republic in 1987, Grand Officer of the National Order of Educational Merit (1994); Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1999), Commander of the Piauí State Order of Renaissance Merit (1999); Wall Ferraz Order of Cultural Merit, Piauí (2000).
Besides numerous contributions to journals and collective works, he published the following works: Administração e pesquisa (Administration and Research), 1979; Breves considerações sobre alguns problemas das universidades brasileiras (Brief Notes on Some Issues in Brazilian Universities), 1981; Por uma política de desenvolvimento social para o Brasil (A Social Development Policy for Brazil), 1981; Engenharia social e outros temas (Social Engineering and Other Issues), 1985; Brasileiridade (‘Brazilianess’), 1992; Fundação Joaquim Nabuco: dimensão da terra e do homem (Joaquim Nabuco Foundation: dimension of land and man), 1992; Tempo de Pernambuco: geração, tradição e cultura (Pernambuco Time: generation, tradition and culture), 1999; Missão cumprida (Mission Accomplished) 2003, Vivendo,lutando, sonhando (Living, Fighting, Dreaming), 2006.
Fernando de Mello Freyre died in Recife, on 28 April 2005.
Recife, 19 september 2008.
(Updated on 28 august 2009).
Translated by Peter Leamy, February 2012.
ACADEMIA PERNAMBUCANA DE LETRAS. Os de ontem, os de hoje, os de sempre. Recife, 2002. p.71-76.
FERNANDO DE Mello Freyre. Disponível em: <http://www.fgf.org.br/instituicao/FernandoFreyre.html>. Acesso em: 29 ago. 2008.
MORRE o guardião da obra de Gilberto Freyre. Disponível em: <http://www.nordesteweb.com/not04_0605/ne_not_20050503b.htm>. Acesso em: 29 ago. 2008.
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Source: GASPAR, Lúcia. Fernando de Mello Freyre. Pesquisa Escolar Online, Joaquim Nabuco Foundation, Recife. Available at: <http://basilio.fundaj.gov.br/pesquisaescolar_en/index.php>. Accessed: day month year. Exemple: 6 Aug. 2009.