IN MEMORIAM: Alan T. Ortiz, a Veteran of Philippine Government and Business, Dies at 66

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Mr. Ortiz traveled to Paris in March for an international conference and was exposed there to the coronavirus.

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Alan T. Ortiz, a leading foreign policy expert who held prominent positions in the Philippine government and in business, traveled to Paris in March to attend an international security conference.

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He never made it home.

Dr. Ortiz, who had also served as president of the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations, became infected with the coronavirus during his trip and was hospitalized in Paris.

He died there on March 23, his daughter, Monica Ortiz, said in a post on Facebook. He was 66.

“All the days of our lives, we will miss him, his laughter, his intelligence, and his sense of adventure,” she wrote.

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Dr. Ortiz held a variety of key posts in government and business, including as assistant director-general of the National Security Council under former President Corazon Aquino and later as president and chief operating officer of the power company SMC Global Power Holdings Corporation.

In 1981, he placed first in the Philippine Foreign Service Officer examinations.

He earned his doctorate in international relations at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, according to his résumé posted on the website of the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations.

It also described him as an avid shooter, a rescue diver, a biking enthusiast and an amateur photographer.

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Richard C. Paddock has worked as a foreign correspondent in 50 countries on five continents with postings in Moscow, Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok. He has spent nearly a dozen years reporting on Southeast Asia, which he has covered since 2016 as a contributor to The New York Times. @RCPaddock

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