Press advisory: Rosa Leonor Whitmarsh, Cuban intellectual and essential figure of the Cuban exile, passed away in Miami

Press advisory

Rosa Leonor Whitmarsh y Dueñas May 9, 1930 – October 18, 2023

Rosa Leonor Whitmarsh, Cuban intellectual and essential figure of the Cuban exile, passed away in Miami

Services to be held this morning and afternoon

Washington, DC, October 23,  2023                 

Contact: John Suarez  (612)-367-6845 and Janisset Rivero (786)-208-6056 

Cuban woman of letters Rosa Leonor Whitmarsh y Dueñas passed away on October 18th.

Born in Havana, Cuba on May 9, 1930 she earned a Doctorate in Philosophy and Letters and dedicated her life as a pedagogue in Cuba, Mexico and the United States at all levels of education.

She was a lecturer, essayist, and scholar of history.

Taught at Vassar College, University of Anahuac, Tarbut Hebrew School in Mexico, Miami Dade College, Miami Dade Public School System as well as in private academic institutions.

Founding member of the Centre for Human Rights of the Christian Democratic Movement of the Mexican delegation in Exile. Organizer of the Christian Democratic Training Seminars (1960-1970) that included the Social Christian Doctrine.

On December 10, 2022 Rosa Leonor Whitmarsh y Dueñas took part in a conversation with Carolina Barrero, and Yoel Suárez on “Recovering Cuba’s human rights legacy“. She gave an important message for this and future generations.

“It was an honor to have known her, and learned from this woman of letters. The passing of Rosa Leonor Whitmarsh y Dueñas is a great loss for Cubans on the island and around the world who benefited from her tireless efforts to defend human rights, and preserve the memory of the Cuban Republic,” observed John Suarez, executive director, Center for a Free Cuba.

Funeral services for Rosa Leonor Whitmarsh will be held on Monday, October 23, with a mass at 10:30 am at St. Michael Church, 2987 West Flagler Street.

Her remains will then lie in state until 1:30 pm at the Ferdinand Funeral Home, located at 2546 SW 8 St. Burial will be at 2 pm at Graceland Cemetery, 4420 SW 8 St.