The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, announced on Wednesday afternoon the death of Alfonso de Maria y Campos, who was the ambassador of Mexico and director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
On his Twitter account, the Mexican Foreign Minister published a message to regret the death of the diplomat.
“I regret the sensitive death of Ambassador Alfonso de Maria y Campos, a brilliant diplomat and promoter of Mexico’s cultural diplomacy . He directed the Matias Romero Institute and the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Great loss for those of us who were fortunate enough to meet him, “he wrote on the social network.
Ebrard did not disclose more details about the causes of the death of Alfonso de María y Campos.
After the publication of his message there were immediate reactions to join the condolences.
The former president Felipe Calderon wrote: “With deep sorrow I hear about the death of the estimated Ambassador Alfonso de Maria y Campos, who was director of the @INAHmx. Michoacano and Patzcuarense. Rest in peace. My condolences to his family ”.
José Antonio Meade , who was a candidate for the presidency of Mexico in the 2018 electoral process, also published a message on the social network about the death of the diplomat. “It is with deep sadness that I learn of the death of Alfonso de Maria y Campos. Great friend. He headed the @imatiasromero and directed the @INAHmx. Man of diplomacy and culture. To his family and to the many people who loved him I send a hug and offer my prayers ”.
Consuelo Saizar, an official during the Felipe Calderón administration, joined in the expressions of regret. “My condolences to the family of Alfonso de Maria y Campos, for his sensitive death,” he commented on Twitter.
According to a biography published by the Amparo Museum, Alfonso De Maria y Campos Castelló studied law and political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) , where later he would also develop activities as a teacher.
In the Maximum House of Studies he also served as coordinator of University Extension.
During his career in public service, De María y Campos served as general director of Publications of the National Council for Culture and the Arts ( Conaculta ) and general director of INAH (from December 2006 to December 2012)
In his work within the Ministry of Foreign Relations, which he joined in 1988, he held the positions of General Director of Cultural Affairs. He was appointed Director General for Europe in 1993. He was then appointed Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, California in March 2004 and was conferred the rank of Ambassador in April 2005.
From May 2013 to October 2015, he served as General Director of the Matías Romero Institute.
“My motivation was a vocation of service, to Mexico and to the Mexicans that I had embodied since the beginning of my university career,” he commented on his work in Foreign Relations during an interview published on the YouTube channel of the Foreign Ministry.
He then highlighted the cultural work carried out during his career and also as consul in San Francisco.
“Service is a vocation, but it is not a prison,” was the message that he used to give to the new generations in the Mexican Foreign Service.