The meme reads, "Professors and writers regret Marcio Veloz Maggiolo's departure. A big one has left!"
Veloz was director of the Anthropology and History Department at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. He also served as Undersecretary of State for Culture and ambassador to Mexico, Peru, and Italy.
"His contributions to the country's art and culture, as well as, the dissemination and recognition of his work at the international level are reasons enough for his distinction," a Presidential decree stated.
Member of the Dominican Academy of Language, he wrote the celebrated novels "Life has no name" (La vida no tiene nombre), "The Accordion Man" (El hombre del acordeon), and "The Soldier Fly" (La mosca soldado).