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LILLIAN LORCA DE TAGLE died peacefully November 29, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Born December 11, 1914 in San Francisco; the third child of Arturo Lorca and Rosa Bunster Lorca of Santiago Chile. The daughter of a diplomat, Lillian grew up in Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany. She later worked as a writer, translator, journalist and diplomat in America and abroad. As a young woman, Lillian was strongly drawn to the arts and felt most at home in the company of artists. Within these friendships she found others who shared her mandate to the uncompromising creative expression of ones integrity and authenticity. Lillian became a passionate advocate of artists of all genres, and contemporary South and Central American visual artists in particular. It became her avocation to discover the early work of aspiring artists and to encourage and connect those artists to opportunities otherwise outside their reach.She began her writing career in 1939 working for Ercilla magazine and Editorial Zig Zag in Santiago. With her opportunities limited as a widow and mother in Chile, Lillian secured a job painting cabins on a cargo ship and immigrated to the US in 1951. In Washington, DC, her home base from 1951 to 1988, she served as Assistant Editor for Américas magazine and covered worldwide news for the Voice of America, becoming the first female program producer in the Latin American division. In 1962, she began serving as a public relations officer, interpreter and diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, including a posting as the cultural affairs officer in Honduras, from 1973 to 1976. Lillian was awarded the distinguished Order of Morazan from the Honduran government for her outstanding service in improving cultural relations.Fluent in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian, Lillian translated over forty scientific and literary works for authors and publishers throughout the Americas and Europe. She was granted an International PEN Award by the Buenos Aires PEN Chapter for her translation of Somerset Maugham's novel, Of Human Bondage. After years of being too busy living her adventures to write them down, she retired and authored her own memoir, Honorable Exiles: A Chilean Woman in the Twentieth Century (University of Texas Press, 2000).Lillian's spirit lives inexorably on in her two daughters, Ximena Tagle Ames and Rosa Glenn-Reilly; her four grandchildren Alex Meyer, Teresa Van Deusen, Tina Borja, and Ben Spangler; six great grandchildren, Abigail Perry, Nika Perry, Gabriel Borja, Blake Meyer, Jackson Borja, and Austin Spangler; her extended family in Chile, and generations yet to come into this great fortune. Her wit, charm, intellect, honesty and, perhaps most of all, enthusiastic and unequivocal support of passionate love, wild ideas and impossible dreams, will be remembered and drawn upon for courage and inspiration by family and friends. In Lillian's memory, we ask that you discover and purchase the work of an aspiring artist or writer.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 6, 2009
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