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Jose Barroso 1965-77

Jose Barroso, a Mexican, was the first person from Latin America to be elected chairman. He travelled widely in the post, meeting people in more than 35 National Societies.

Barroso, born in 1925 and a graduate of La Salle University, started his working life as a businessman. He became became president of several organisations, including the Hispano Mexican Cultural Institute and the Textile Chamber of Commerce of Mexico.

He had been a member of the board of directors of the Mexican Red Cross since 1959 and was president of his National society from 1964 to 1970. He reorganised the society and he instigated the construction of a Mexican Red Cross hospital.

Barroso was re-elected chairman of the League in Istanbul in 1969 and in Tehran in 1973.

Jose Barroso

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