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Virgilio Barco

Colombian ambassador

Virgilio Barco, Colombian ambassador. Decorated for professional and governmental service in numerous countries including Gran Cruz de la Orden de Boyaca, de San Carlos, del Merito Militar Jose Maria Cordoba, al Merito Julio Garavito, Colombia, numerous others; recipient Award for Democracy Institute of Americas, 1990, Tree of Life award Mayors of the World, 1991.


Barco, Virgilio was born on September 17, 1921 in Cucuta, Colombia. Son of Jorge Enrique Barco and Julieta Vargas Duran.


Student, National University, Bogota, Colombia. Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1943. Postgraduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1954.

Master of Science in Social Sciences, Boston University, 1952.


Secretary public works public finance Norte de Santander, 1943-1945. Secretary general, acting minister of communications Republic of Colombia, 1945-1946, member House of Representatives, 1949-1951, senator, 1958-1966, Minister of Public Works, 1958-1961, ambassador to United Kingdom, 1961-1962, Minister of Agriculture, 1963-1964, acting Minister of Finance, 1964. Mayor of Bogota, 1966-1969.

Senator, foreign relations committee, foreign affairs national advisory board, 1974-1978. Ambassador to the United States, 1977-1980. President Republic of Colombia, 1986-1990.

Consultant and lecturer in government, economics and politics. Colombian representative to numerous international conferences and seminars including World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, others.


Trustee, International Institute, Institution for Improvement of Maize & Wheat, Mexico. Trustee, Massachusetts Institute, Institution of Technology. Trustee, International Rice Research Institute, Institution, Philippines.


Married Carolina de Barco. Children: Carolina, Julia, Diana, Virgilio.

Jorge Enrique Barco

Julieta Vargas Duran

Carolina de Barco

Carolina Barco

Julia Barco

Diana Barco

Virgilio Barco