We regret to report that IUSB Professor Emeritus of Spanish Dr. Rogelio de la Torre has passed away at his home in Miami, Florida on January 27th. He was 87.
Dr. de la Torre graduated with Honors in 1950 from the School of Law at the University of Havana where he became Professor of Civil Law the following year until 1960 when he escaped into exile in the US. He earned a PhD in Spanish Literature from Indiana University and taught Spanish Language and Literature, was head of the Foreign Language Department and was an Associate Dean at Indiana University South Bend. Dr. de la Torre was a brilliant intellectual who authored many critical literary and patriotic works plus several books of his poetry. As a great Cuban-American patriot, he was an eloquent public speaker on historical, patriotic, and literary topics. After his retirement in 1993, he was an active and distinguished member of many organizations such as the Circulo de Cultura Pan-Americano, the Fundacion Felix Varela, the Colegio de Abogados de Cuba en el Exilio, the Comunidades de Reflexión Eclesial Cubana en la Diáspora (C.R.E.C.E.D.), and the National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE). In addition, he directed the Peña Vareliana and the patriotic-cultural program “La Cuba que Perdura” on Radio República del Directorio Democrático.
The following is a video of Rogelio speaking at a 2010 meeting of the NACAE:
Rest in peace, dear colleague. Your passing represents a great loss to the cultural heritage of Cuba.