J. A. Ewing Nature Fund

Funding Projects -The Juan Agurcia Ewing Nature Fund

The Juan Agurcia Ewing Nature Fund was created in 1996 by board member Marco Rietti to honor the life of Honduran diplomat, statesman, businessman and naturalist Juan Agurcia Ewing (1921 – 1992). The purpose of this fund is to promote environmental conservation, to protect the natural patrimony of Honduras, and to assist with the intelligent development of human communities and the environment.

The fund has mainly worked with the Honduran Brewing & Bottling Company (Cerveceria Hondurena S.A.) to create nurseries at high schools in Copán Ruinas to encourage the planting of native trees in deforested areas.

Born in Tegucigalpa, “Jack” Agurcia was one of three sons of Honduran businessman Ignacio Agurcia Midence and Janet Ewing Toulmin, daughter of John Ewing, the first US Ambassador to Honduras. Juan Agurcia’s studies at 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, Jose Maria and Jorge.

Under Dr. Ramon Villeda Morales (1957-1963) Juan Agurcia was Secretary of State and under Dr. Roberto Suazo Cordova (1982-1986), he was the Honduran Ambassador to the United States of America. During this very difficult time of war in Central America, Jack’s intelligence, calm and grace were frequently lauded.

Jack was prominent in the business and banking communities in Honduras. He founded the Hotel Honduras Maya, Honduran Insurance Company (Aseguradora Hondurena), and Homeland Investments (Inversiones Patria), among others. He was President of the National Association of Industry (ANDI) and a long-term member of the Honduran Council for Private Enterprise (COHEP).

A fond legacy that he left to those who were close to him was his enormous respect for our land, its history and its creatures. In his memory, this nature fund extends his message of protecting our natural resources to future generations.