Álvaro Gómez Hurtado
|Álvaro Gómez Hurtado|
|15th Colombia Ambassador to France|
|Preceded by||Alfonso López Caballero|
|Succeeded by||Miguel Gómez Martínez|
|Colombia Ambassador to the United States|
March 9, 1983 – December 17, 1985
|President||Belisario Betancur Cuartas|
|Preceded by||Jorge Salazar|
|Succeeded by||Rodrigo Hernán Lloreda Caicedo|
|Colombia Ambassador to Italy|
|President||Roberto Urdaneta Arbeláez|
|Senator of Colombia|
|Member of the Colombian Chamber of Representatives|
|Colombia Ambassador to Switzerland|
|President||Mariano Ospina Pérez|
May 8, 1919|
Bogotá, DC, Colombia
|Died||November 2, 1995
Bogotá, DC, Colombia
|Spouse(s)||Margarita Escobar López (1946-1995)|
|Relations||Laureano Gómez (father)|
|Children||Mauricio Gómez Escobar
Mercedes Gómez Escobar
Álvaro José Gómez Escobar
|Alma mater||Pontifical Xavierian University|
Álvaro Gómez Hurtado (May 8, 1919 - November 2, 1995) was a Colombian lawyer, politician, journalist and active member of the Colombian Conservative Party. Gómez was a son of the former President of Colombia, Laureano Gómez. He is mostly remembered for being one of the writers of the Colombian Constitution of 1991 and for running three times for the presidency, but without success. He served separate appointments as ambassador to Italy, the United States and France, beginning in the 1980s.
Álvaro Gómez was born as the second of four children to Laureano Gómez, a newspaper publisher who later became president of Colombia. His mother was María Hurtado Cajiao. His siblings are Cecilia, Rafael and Enrique. The family grew up in La Candelaria, a traditional neighborhood of Bogotá. The children attended private schools in Brussels, Belgium and Buenos Aires, Argentina while their father served as a diplomat. After his family's return to Bogotá, Gómez went to the Colegio de San Bartolomé, a preparatory school, graduating in 1936.
He studied law at the Pontifical Xavierian University and graduated as a lawyer in 1941. His thesis was entitled Influencias del Estoicismo en el Derecho Romano ("The Influence of Stoicism in Roman Law").
He began writing for the newspaper El Siglo, which was owned by his father. He later founded a weekly business magazine called Síntesis Económica (Economic Synthesis) and created and produced a television news show called Noticiero 24 Horas ("24 Hours News").
Gómez Hurtado's first political office was as elected councilman for the city of Bogotá. He next ran for the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia and was elected for a four-year term. After finishing his term, he was elected to the Senate.
Gómez founded the National Salvation Movement. He ran (unsuccessfully) as its candidate for president three times: in 1974 against Alfonso López Michelsen, in 1986 against Virgilio Barco and in 1990 against César Gaviria.
President of the Constituent Assembly
He was elected to the Constituent Assembly, which created the new Colombian Constitution of 1991. He was elected as co-president of the Constituent Assembly along with Horacio Serpa and Antonio Navarro. After the Constitution had been written and ratified, Gómez left politics and focused on journalism and academia.
Álvaro Gómez was murdered by gunmen on November 2, 1995 in Bogotá while leaving the Sergio Arboleda University, where he was a Visiting Professor.
- La Revolución en América (Revolution in the Americas)
- La Calidad de Vida (The Quality of Life)
- Soy libre. (I am Free)
- Compilación de conferencias dictadas en la Universidad Sergio Arboleda. (Compilation of his lectures at Sergio Arboleda University)
Marriage and family
Álvaro Gómez was married to Margarita Escobar López and had three children: Mauricio, Mercedes and Álvaro José.
- Perry, Oliverio; Brugés Carmona, Antonio (1970). Quién es quién en Colombia (in Spanish). Bogotá: Editorial Kelly. p. 168. OCLC 1644305. Retrieved May 21, 2009.
- (in Spanish) loscolombisnos.com - Alvaro Gomez Hurtado
- (in Spanish) El Diario del Otun newspaper; Alvaro Gomez Hurtado
- (in Spanish) El Colombiano newspaper; 1991
- (in Spanish) Colombialink.com: Alvaro Gomez Hurtado biography
- (in Spanish) los colombianos.com - Alvaro Gomez biography