16 Jul My Story: Family, Cuba & Living the American Dream
AUTHOR: José María de Lasa
José María de Lasa was born in Havana, Cuba, in November 1941. He attended Belen School for his primary and high school education graduating in 1959. Initially he and his family were involved in the struggle against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Later, they joined in the struggle against Fidel Castro’s communist regime. Mr. de Lasa left Cuba for the United States in September 1961 under political asylum. His efforts to overthrow the communist regime continued for two more years while exiled in the United States. In 1964, he decided to engage full-time in pursuing his studies. He attended Yale University graduating in 1968 with a BA in Political Science and Economics, and in 1971 graduated from the Yale Law School. After a few years at a prominent New York law firm, he continued his legal career in the pharmaceutical industry, working for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Abbott Laboratories. He retired from Abbott in 1995 after serving 10 years as its general counsel. With photos.
He married María Teresa Figueroa in 1963, and she has been a tremendous source of strength for him ever since.
José María de Lasa wrote his memoirs for his children and grandchildren. He wants them to know about their forebears, their Cuban roots, the struggle for freedom, and their blessing in having been born in the United States, where he had the opportunity of living the American Dream, all inspired by his deep faith in God.