Publicado el 06-30-2012
Carlos M. Fernández-Shaw
In the morning of Friday, June 29th, 2012, Carlos M. Fernández-Shaw, esteemed diplomat, lawyer, historian, and writer, died in Madrid. Fernández-Shaw was a member of a distinguished Spanish family, well-known and respected in different countries of the world. Among those countries is the United States of America, particularly the state of Florida.
In Miami, Ambassador Fernández-Shaw held the post of Consul General. Actually, he was well-known in different states in this great country, where his outstanding merits on behalf of Spain were recognized.
Carlos M. Fernández-Shaw was the author of a excellent and well-documented book titled “Spanish Presence in the United States”, written in 1991 and translated into English in 1999. In the more than nine hundred pages of this book, cam be found significant information about everything that should be known about Spain and its presence in the United States of America. In 1992, he wrote another book, one of the many that he authored, titled “Contemporary Florida”. His last book, written in 2000, was “Spain and Australia: Five Centuries of History.”
This distinguished man was the son of another remarkable Spaniard, Guillermo Fernández Shaw, well-known for his vast literary culture, author of the scripts of world-famous Spanish “zarzuelas”, such as Luisa Fernanda. The scripts of these plays are actually literary jewels. Ambassador Fernández-Shaw once told the Editor of DIARIO LAS AMERICAS, that his father had been sentenced to die in the days of the Spanish Republic, and that someone told those who were going to execute him that this man was the author of the famous discourse by Luisa Fernanda that was an inspiring ode to freedom. This mention saved the life of Guillermo Fernández-Shaw, father of the one who has just died in Madrid, leaving wonderful memories because of his broad culture and devotion for the theatrical work of his father.
Grateli, the organization that sponsors in Miami the “zarzuela” musical genre, must respectfully remember, as DIARIO LAS AMERICAS is doing in this editorial, what the work of Carlos Fernández-Shaw meant for Miami.
DIARIO LAS AMERICAS pays homage to the personality of Carlos M. Fernández-Shaw in honor of Spain and of all that which he has represented strengthening the bonds of his homeland with the United States of America.
May his noble soul rest in God’s peace.