The life and work of Louis G. Lamothe bear witness to the fundamental values that must drive any society in
order for it to blossom. A Haitian intellectual, through his work, he wished to restore Haiti to its rightful place
as a fully-fledged member of the Latin American community and to remind the international community of Haiti's
contribution to the freedom, independence and sovereignty of the Latin American populations.
At a time when the young republic was isolated, ostracised and held to ransom by
the colonial powers, the Haitian people did not hesitate to dedicate themselves to the defence of the noble
ideals that had led it to free itself from colonial rule. This feat was made possible only through the
combination of the intelligence, passion, knowledge, selflessness and solidarity of the people.
The resilience of the Haitian people is reflected in the continuing struggle for real freedom, inclusiveness and prosperity for all.
Born on 11 August 1926, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe
made his mark in many different spheres,
namely sport, higher education,
the teaching of the Spanish language
and the diffusion of the works of
the great Latin American poets
from 1850 to 1950.
After obtaining a degree in Spanish literature in Chile in November 1952, he completed a doctorate in literature
in Madrid in 1956. An experienced teacher, he taught modern languages at INAGHEI [Institut National d’Administration,
de Gestion et des Hautes Études Internationales] from 1975 to 1983 and at the Faculty of Ethnology from 1980 to 1995.
He founded the Lope de Vega Institute in 1962 remaining at its helm until 1998. In this way, he sought to communicate
his passion for the Hispanic culture and to promote Spanish in Haiti. The Lope de Vega Institute was instrumental in
allowing many Haitian executives to embrace the cultures of Latin America and Spain through cultural and other exchanges.
At the same time he made a valuable contribution towards promoting Haitian culture in Bolivia and Suriname, remaining a
member of Suriname’s consular corps until his death in 1999. During his career, he received several prestigious distinctions
Caballero de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (Madrid, July 1975)
Honneur et Mérite de la Orden exicana del derecho y de la cultura (Mexico, May 1964)
From 1956 to 1966, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe published more than 8 books to facilitate the learning of the
Spanish language and to provide future generations with an insight into the Latin American
and Spanish cultures and literature. His published work includes:
On September 22, 1962, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe married Ghislaine Fortuney who gave him two sons,
Ruben and Laurent Salvador, to whom he transmitted his personal values.
A keen soccer player, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe made a huge contribution to the development of this sport in Haiti.
He encouraged his sons to play tennis.
Dr. Lamothe died on 19 November 1999. The Dr. Louis G. Lamothe Foundation is an initiative that pays tribute
to him for his work which must carry on to facilitate the emergence of an inclusive and united society in Haiti.
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