Fondo Naturaleza J. A. Ewing
The Juan Agurcia Ewing Nature Fund was created in 1996 at the request of Director Marco Rietti, in honor of the life of the diplomat, statesman, businessman and naturalist, Juan Agurcia Ewing (1921-1992). The purpose of this fund is to promote the conservation of the environment, protect the natural heritage of Honduras, and support the integration of human communities into the natural environment. The fund has basically worked with Cervecería Hondureña, S.A. to create nurseries in the schools of Copán Ruinas and thus stimulate the planting of native trees in deforested areas.
Born in Tegucigalpa, “Jack” Agurcia was one of three children of businessman Ignacio Agurcia Midence and Janet Ewing Toulmin, daughter of John Ewing, the first United States Ambassador to Honduras. Juan Agurcia’s studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Tulane were interrupted by World War II. He returned to Tegucigalpa, married Lisette Fasquelle in 1944, and together they had Juan, Ricardo, José María, and Jorge.
During the mandate of Dr. Ramón Villeda Morales (1957-1963), Juan Agurcia was Secretary of State and during the mandate of Dr. Roberto Suazo Córdoba (1982-1986), he served as Ambassador of Honduras to the United States. During this very difficult period of war in Central America, Jack’s intelligence, calm, and grace were frequently discussed.
Jack excelled in the Honduran business and banking communities. He founded the Hotel Honduras Maya, the Honduran Insurance Company and Inversiones Patria, among other companies. He was President of ANDI and, for a long time, a member of COHEP.
One of the legacies that he left to all who were close to him was his enormous respect for our land, its history and its creatures. In his memory, this fund for nature extends, to future generations, his message of protecting the natural resources of Honduras.