Manuel González Pató

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Manuel González Pató
Born 3 March 1913
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died 10 November 1973
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Nationality Puerto Rican
Occupation Educator
Spouse(s) Fellita Argüelles
Children Pilar Cecilia, Manuel Rafael

Manuel González Pató (3 March 1913 - 10 November 1973) was a Puerto Rican educator, writer, and sportsman.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

González Pató was born in barrio Maragüez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, on 3 March 1913. He was the third of four children. He attended schools in Ponce and graduated from Ponce High School.[3]

Schooling and career[edit]

In 1931 he studied agricultural education at the University of Louisiana.[4] While there, he boxed on the college varsity team as a welter weight. In 1937 he worked teaching vocational agriculture in Puerto Rico until 1939. In 1939, he served in the United States Army during World War II, where he reached the rank of second lieutenant.[5]

In 1949 he became physical education teacher at the Ponce High School, where he rose to general supervisor for physical education curriculum within the Puerto Rico Department of Education. In 1953 he entered the teaching staff at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, where he stayed until his death. At the PCUPR he taught track and field athletics, and he coached physical education students into world champions.[6]

He attended the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1952 and the Pan American Games in 1954, 1958, and 1959. He was a trainer and chief of athletics at the Central American Games in San Juan in 1966, and a delegate from Puerto Rico to the British community Games in Kingston, Jamaica.[7]

Writings[edit]

González Pató wrote several books. His "Tratado de la Educación Física y los Deportes Atléticos" was used by the O.E.A..[8]

Family life[edit]

González Pató married Fellita Argüelles, with whom he had two children: María del Pilar y Manuel Rafael.[9]

Death[edit]

González Pató died in Ponce on 10 November 1973.[10]

Legacy[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Tratado de la Educación Física y los Deportes Atléticos. Ponce: Universidad Católica, 1966.
  • "Dedican a memoria González Pató II Olimpiada Jíbara," El Mundo, 2 January 1975, p. 40.
  • "Monumento al profesor González Pató," El Vocero de Puerto Rico, 23 September 1980, p. 4.
  • "Rinden homenaje a González Pató," El Mundo, 19 September 1980, p. 3.

Legacy[edit]

In Ponce, he is recognized at the Park for the Illustrious Ponce Citizens.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ponceños Ilustres. Municipality of Ponce. Archived 2014-02-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Manuel González Pató Biography. Rafael J. Rivera. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  3. ^ Prof. Manuel Gonzalez Pato. Luz D. Nuñez Franceschini. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  4. ^ Manuel González Pató Biography. Rafael J. Rivera. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  5. ^ Prof. Manuel Gonzalez Pato. Luz D. Nuñez Franceschini. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  6. ^ Prof. Manuel Gonzalez Pato. Luz D. Nuñez Franceschini. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  7. ^ Prof. Manuel Gonzalez Pato. Luz D. Nuñez Franceschini. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  8. ^ Prof. Manuel Gonzalez Pato. Luz D. Nuñez Franceschini. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  9. ^ Prof. Manuel Gonzalez Pato. Luz D. Nuñez Franceschini. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  10. ^ Prof. Manuel Gonzalez Pato. Luz D. Nuñez Franceschini. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  11. ^ Prof. Manuel Gonzalez Pato. Luz D. Nuñez Franceschini. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  12. ^ Biblioteca Intermedia Manuel González Pató - Ponce. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  13. ^ La Rambla: Profundiza diferencias el cierre de Urbanizacion Ponceña. Reinaldo Millan. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 5 February 2014. p.16. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  14. ^ Sports. TravelPonce.com Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  15. ^ Todo listo para Festival Deportivo LAI 2014. Metro Sport. Metro International. Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  16. ^ Education. Travel Ponce. Accessed and retrieved 22 February 2011.

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