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Alejandro Ángel Escobar

Alejandro Angel Escobar was born in 1903, by a time when his father’s fortune was already consolidated. At the age of 3 his family moved to New York where his father, Alejandro Angel Londoño, had opened a business office to trade coffee. He received his basic education in New York, attended Georgetown Preparatory School for his secondary studies and studied Economics in Cambridge, England.

In 1927, at the age of 24, he returned to Medellin, the city where he was born. He worked in his father’s businesses and had all kinds of jobs from messenger to manager. Due to the complexity of his businesses he felt the need to study law so he enrolled in the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, and later finished his studies in Bogotá at the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

During his short and active professional life he was a merchant, business administrator, industrialist, farmer and stockbreeder. He was also the Colombian Minister of Agriculture from 1950 to 1951 during the presidency of Laureano Gomez.

In his time in office he modernized the Ministry, promoted scientific investigation, created the Colombian Agricultural Institute –ICA- and the National Federation of Stockbreeders. He died in Medellin on May 8th, 1953.

María Restrepo de Ángel

Mrs. Angel, the 9th daughter of a wealthy family, was born in 1905. She received the traditional education of a young lady from a distinguished family from the department of Antioquia; catholic school and trips to France to polish her education and languages.

Alejandro Ángel Escobar and María Restrepo de Ángel, Bogotá 1950.

In 1930 she married Alejandro Ángel Escobar and until the death of her husband, in 1953, she led the serene life of an exemplary wife.  From 1955 she dedicated her efforts to giving life to the testamentary will of her husband until her death on November 25th, 1990.

 
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