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Person - Gich Bech de Careda, Juan (1925-1982)

Gich Bech de Careda, Juan (1925-1982)




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Agullana (Girona, España)  1925-01-15 - Madrid (España)  1982-01-06


Spanish politician, art critic, businessman, and sports leader. Although he was born in Agullana, in the province of Girona, during the Spanish Civil War he moved to Germany with his family in 1936, after the murder of his father, a village doctor. He later returned to Figueres, where he finished high school. He graduated in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Barcelona and in Economic Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. During the 50s he held various positions in the Ministry of Education and was also deputy director of the Colegio Mayor Menéndez Pelayo (1956) and Director of the Colegio Mayor Nebrija (1957).

He was director of El correo literario, at the Institute of Hispanic Culture, and he collaborated with the publication Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos. His relationship with sports management began in 1958, when he left the public administration and returned to Barcelona, ​​hired by Francesc Miró-Sans, president of the Futbol Club Barcelona, ​​as Secretary‑General of the club. Later, he was manager of the entity as well as a member of the Spanish Football Federation and member of the executive committee of the Inter‑Cities Fairs Cup. He combined his tasks at FC Barcelona with the post of director in several companies, such as Banco Condal. In addition, he was an art critic and he wrote in publications such as El Alcázar, Tele/eXpres, and La Vanguardia, as well as commissioner of the International Biennial of Sports in Fine Arts. He left FC Barcelona when he was appointed National Delegate for Physical Education and Sports on 11 September 1970, the highest executive in Spanish sports, replacing Juan Antonio Samaranch. Three months later he officially succeeded Samaranch as the leader of the Spanish Olympic Committee, die to the fact that both positions are linked. During his mandate, Spain won his first gold medal in a Winter Olympic Games, with Francisco Fernandez Ochoa in Sapporo 1972. He chaired the National Sports Delegation and the COE until 16 July 1975, when he was substituted by Tomás Pelayo.

After his retirement, he returned to the bank world as president of the board of directors of the Peninsular Bank, a post he held until his death in 1982. During the last decade of his life he was also linked to the world of politics. He was National Councillor of the Movimiento and he was representative for the province of Girona from 1971 to 1976. He was secretary of the Education and Science Commission of the Spanish Cortes. Later, in the first democratic general elections of 1977, he was elected deputy for the Unión de Centro Democrático (UCD/Union of Democratic Center) for the province of Girona. During his time as deputy of the Constituent Parliamentary term (1977-1979) he was a member of the Culture and Foreign Affairs Commissions of the Congress. In 1977 he was appointed president of the general council of Radiotelevisión Española, having previously been a member of the commission of cultural programs of Televisión Española (TVE) in 1967 and member of the press and radio management of the Movimiento since 1969.

Cortes Constituyentes, 1977-1979

Date of the event: 1977-07-13 - 1979-01-02





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Legislators between 1977 and 1979




Girona (provincia) between 1977 and 1979 Obs.:  Diputado en el Congreso

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Agullana (Girona, España) in 1925-01-15

Lugar de Defunción:

Madrid (España) in 1982-01-06




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