Raúl Héctor Castro
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|Raúl Héctor Castro|
|United States Ambassador to Argentina|
November 16, 1977 – July 30, 1980
|Preceded by||Robert Hill|
|Succeeded by||Harry Shlaudeman|
|14th Governor of Arizona|
January 6, 1975 – October 20, 1977
|Preceded by||Jack Williams|
|Succeeded by||Wesley Bolin|
|United States Ambassador to Bolivia|
September 3, 1968 – November 3, 1969
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson
|Preceded by||Douglas Henderson|
|Succeeded by||Ernest Siracusa|
|United States Ambassador to El Salvador|
December 11, 1964 – July 17, 1968
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||Murat Williams|
|Succeeded by||William Bowdler|
June 12, 1916|
Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
|Died||April 10, 2015
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Sedona Community Cemetery, Sedona, Arizona|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Steiner (1959-2015; his death)|
|Education||Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff (B.S.)
University of Arizona (J.D.)
Raúl Héctor Castro (June 12, 1916 – April 10, 2015) was an American politician. He had served in both elected and non-elected public offices, including United States Ambassador and the 14th Governor of Arizona (1975–77). He was the first Mexican-born American to be elected governor of Arizona. At the age of 98, he was the oldest living former United States governor following the death of former Washington governor Albert Rosellini on October 10, 2011, at age 101.
Early life and education
Born in Cananea, Sonora, Castro lived in his native Mexico until 1926, when he moved to the U.S. state of Arizona and later became a United States citizen. Through grueling physical labor and self-denial, he saved enough to enter Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff, from which he graduated in 1939. He worked for five years for the U.S. State Department as a foreign service clerk at Agua Prieta, a border city in his native Sonora, but he never forgot his dream of becoming a lawyer. Accepted by the University of Arizona College of Law, Castro earned his Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1949.
In 1959, he married his long-time girlfriend, Patricia Steiner. Together, they had two daughters.
With his J.D. degree, Castro practiced law in Tucson for two years, then served as deputy Pima County attorney. In 1954, Castro was elected County attorney and served in that capacity until 1958, when he became a Pima County Superior Court Judge. His national stature grew over the years, and President Lyndon Johnson appointed Castro as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador in 1964. After four years there, he served as Ambassador to Bolivia until the end of 1969.
Returning to Tucson, Arizona, in 1969 to specialize in international law, Castro continued to rise to the top in Arizona Democratic politics. Seeking state office for the first time in 1970, he won the Democratic nomination for governor, but narrowly lost the general election to Republican incumbent Jack Williams. In 1974, Castro was elected governor. In 1977, after two years as governor, he was selected by President Jimmy Carter to be ambassador to Argentina. Castro held that post until 1980.
In 2007, Castro's alma mater, now known as Northern Arizona University, named the home of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in his honor. As a student, he competed in track and boxing for the school; he was inducted into the Northern Arizona University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988 and into the College of Social and Behavioral Science Hall of Fame in 2011.
On June 12, 2012, Castro was stopped by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they detected traces of radiation in his vehicle. After explaining that the radiation was due to a medical procedure from the previous day, the ex-governor was released after a short detention.
- "Former Arizona Gov. Raul H. Castro dies at 98". KTAR.com. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- Ruelas, Richard (12 April 2015). "Raul Castro, Arizona's only Latino governor, dies at 98". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- Eng, James (6 July 2012). "Raul Castro, 96-year-old former US ambassador and Arizona governor, detained at Border Patrol checkpoint". MSNBC. Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- Goff, John S. (1983). Arizona Biographical Dictionary. Cave Creek, Ariz.: Black Mountain Press. OCLC 10740532.
- Interview with R.H. Castro for the newspaper Clarín of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 20 December 1998 concerning the Beagle conflict: Clarín.
|United States Ambassador to El Salvador
|United States Ambassador to Bolivia
|United States Ambassador to Argentina
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona
|Governor of Arizona
|Oldest living American governor