KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO FREEDOM
KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO FREEDOM

WHO WAS DR. LOUIS G. LAMOTHE?

The life and work of Dr. Louis G. Lamothe are a testimony to the fundamental values on which all societies must be built in order to flourish. Through his work, this Haitian intellectual wished to re-establish Haiti in its legitimate position as full member of the Latin American community, and remind the international community of Haiti’s contribution to the freedom, independence and sovereignty of the Latin American populations.

 

As the young Republic was isolated, ostracized and “taken hostage” by the colonial powers, the Haitian people did not hesitate to devote itself to the defense of the noble ideals that had encouraged it to free itself from the colonial yoke.
This feat could only be accomplished thanks to a combination of the citizens’ intelligence, passion, knowledge, altruism and solidarity.

The tenacity of the Haitian people is reflected in the ongoing struggle for real freedom, inclusion and prosperity for all.

Born 11 August 1926, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe
left his mark in many different
domains, namely sport, tertiary education
the teaching of the Spanish language and the dissemination
of the works created by the great Latin American poets
dfrom 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 à the INAGHEI (National Institute of Administration,
Management and International Studies) from 1975 to 1983 and at the Faculty of Ethnology from 1980 to 1995

 

He founded the Lope de Vega Institute in 1962 and remained at its helm until 1998.
He thus endeavored to share his passion for the Hispanic culture and to promote the Spanish language in Haiti.
The Lope de Vega Institute allowed many Haitian executives to discover the Latin American and Spanish cultures through cultural exchanges, among others.

 

At the same time, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe made a significant contribution to the promotion of the Haitian culture in Bolivia and in Suriname, and was a member of Suriname’s Consular Corps until his passing in 1999.
During his career, he received several prestigious distinctions, among which:

Cabarello de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (Madrid, July 1975).

 

Honor and Merit of the Orden Mexicana del derecho y de la cultura (Mexico, May 1964).

A RICH LEGACY OF PUBLISHED WORKS

From 1956 to 1966, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe published more than 8 books aiming to facilitate the learning process of the Spanish language and to allow future generations to discover the Spanish and Latin American cultures and literatures.
His published works include:

  • Mon premier livre d’espagnol (1956)
  • Gramática Espagnol (1957)
  • Recueil de versions et d’exercices du Baccalauréat (1960)
  • Hableme de Amado Nervo (1962 and revision in 1975)
  • Bécquer y la Poesía Española Contemporánea, Haíti (1965)
  • Guía Hispánica para los estudiantes de Haíti (Madrid, 1967)
  • Contribución de Haíti al primer Natalicio de Rubén Dario, Madrid (1967)
  • Gramática Catellana para el Uso de las Clases de 3e, 2e, 1e, Madrid (1967)
  • Textos Escogidos para e Bachillerato, Haíti (1971)
  • Alejandro Petion Ayuda al Libertador Simon Bolivar (1973)
  • Los mayores Poetas Latino Americanos de 1850 a 1950 (1983)
  • Cours supérieurs d’espagnol. Préparation à la licence (1996)
  • Novelistas contemporáneos de HispanoAmérica

On 22 September 1962, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe married Ghislaine Fortuney, who gave him two sons, Ruben and Laurent Salvador,
to whom he passed on his personal values.

 

A keen football player, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe made a huge contribution to the development of this sport in Haiti.
He also encouraged his sons to play tennis.

 

Dr. Lamothe passed away on 19 November 1999. The Dr. Louis G. Lamothe Foundation is an initiative that pays tribute to the man and his work, work which must carry on in order to facilitate the emergence of an inclusive and united Haitian society.

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