NEW YORK – Spanish intellectual Carmen de Zulueta, a civil war exile who taught at U.S. universities, died in New York after suffering an accident, scholar Isaias Lerner said Monday. She was 93.
Zulueta took a bad fall on a Manhattan street that caused her to go into a coma from which she never recovered, and she died on Saturday, Lerner told Efe, hailing the body of work of the intellectual, whom he called the “last survivor of the Spanish political emigrants (who came to) the United States.”
“She was a central figure among the Spanish exiles in New York after the Civil War,” said the well-known Hispanist, a colleague of Zulueta on the faculty of the City University of New York.
Spain’s consul general in New York, Fernando Villalonga, also emphasized to Efe Zulueta’s importance, calling her “the most important Hispanist in the United States from the generation of the Spanish Republic.”
“She was a very representative figure of a generation that, with the exile, generated a strong interest in Hispanic studies in universities in the United States and abroad,” added Villalonga regarding Zulueta, who in 1989 was decorated by Spain’s royal family for her work on spreading Spanish culture.
The daughter of Spanish diplomat Luis de Zulueta, Carmen went into exile at the end of the 1936-1939 Civil War with her family in France, England and Colombia before coming to the United States.
The writer earned a doctorate from New York University and later taught classes Harvard, Columbia and at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Standing out among her works are “Caminos de España y de America,” “Cien años de educacion de la mujer española,” and “Compañeros de paseo.”
Surviving her are her children John and Maria, as well as a grandson, although her husband, U.S. businessman and publisher Richard Greenebaum, died in 1990. EFE