At daybreack of June 18, with 65 years old, historian and representative José Ignacio García Hamilton died in Buenos Aires as a consequence of a grave illness. Lawyer, Doctor in Judicial and Social Science, professor, journalist and historian, married and father of six, García Hamilton ('Coché', for those who knew him better) has just finished a few weeks ago his last book on the life of Juan Perón. This last book will add to other titles of his own like 'Vida de un ausente', about Juan Bautista Alberdi; 'Cuyano alborotador' on Domingo Faustino Sarmiento; 'Don José', about José de San Martín'; 'Simón, vida de Bolívar', and 'Por qué crecen los países', among others. In 2007 he was elected national representative for Tucumán for the period 2007-2011 after leading in that province the list of Unión Cívica Radical (UCR).
CADAL sends our deepest condolencies to his families and we will always remember the great generosity of José Ignacio with our organization. He was prologue to the book "Maten al cartero: Posdata del asedio a laprensa durante las dictaduras militares del Cono Sur", by journalist Jorge Elías. He took part in the presentation of the book with Ricardo Trotti, from IAPA, at CADAL's office.
Last April 28, he had participated with Gabriel Salvia commenting Ricardo Rojas' book "Elementos de teoría constitucional y una propuesta para Cuba" and most recently, with representatives Julián Obiglio and Federico Pinedo he took part in a meeting with venezuelan journalist Andrés Cañizález.
Before, together with Fernand Iglesias and Marcos Aguinis he took part in the presentation of 2007 edition of CADAL's research report "Democracy, Markets and Transparency" at Cámara Argentina de Comercio; at Colegio de Abogados de San Miguel del Tucumán he presented Ricardo López Göttig's book “Los Fundadores de la República Argentina” and he gave a speech to Chilean students at CADAL on "Democracy building in Chile and Argentina from a historical perspective".
The remainings of José Ignacio García Hamilton had his wake at salón de los Pasos Perdidos at National Congress of Argentina.