Granados Rey - Rose
(name at birth following the Spanish
Granados Hill (Rose) was the third child born to Ramon
and Concepcion Granados. Born in Seville, Spain on January
11, 1908, Rose came to America in 1910 as a small child
with her mother, brother Luis and sisters Connie and
was a woman of great accomplishments including being
a World Traveler, photographer, lecturer and contemporary
of First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower.
died on March 7, 1999 at the age of 91 and is buried
in George Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, MD.
following is take from Rosario Granados Hill's obituary.
Popular lecturer, Photographer and World Traveler
Granados Hill, died of natural causes at her home in
Sun City Center, Florida on March 7, 1999 at 11:45 a.m.
She is the fifth Granados of the original ten 1st generation
Granados to pass on. . She was 91. Born in Seville,
Spain, she emigrated to America with her parents and
3 siblings in 1910. She spent most of her life in Washington,
D. C. where she worked for the Department of Agriculture
and the State Department before retirement.
Hill was very active in the White House Spanish Club,
a conversation group established by Mamie Eisenhower.
The Club met each month at a luncheon in the White House
followed by an entertaining discussion on Spain and
Spanish contributions to world culture. This was a favorite
subject of Mrs. Eisenhowers. Having spent a great
deal of time traveling throughout Spain, and studying
Spanish culture at the University of Madrid, Mrs. Hill
was the Clubs expert on Spain and Spanish culture.
was a member of the Washington, D.C. photography club,
and won many awards for her startling photographs of
cultural events, wild animals and birds, taken during
her travels throughout the world. One of her favorite
illustrated talks, "Safari to Unforgettable Africa"
was given to a full house at a major Audubon Society
meeting held at the Smithsonian Institution. This was
a visual and verbal lecture on Africa during the 50s.
Hill traveled, photographed, and lectured on the joys
and excitement of traveling in the 50s and 60s
much before traveling became such a common pastime for
young and elderly Americans. Her lectures raised a great
deal of interest in travel which at that time was a
relatively dormant industry. Her trips took her to Senegal,
Gambia, Ghana, Brazzaville, Natal, Transvaal, Zimbabwe,
Kenya, Ambosell National Park, Lake Manyara, Victoria
Falls, Tanganyikas Serengeti Plain, Central and
South America, the greater part of Europe, India, Russia,
Japan, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Borneo, Australia,
Tasmania and New Zealand, all of which she photographed
extensively for her own enjoyment and to illustrate
fervent bird watcher and long time member of the Audubon
Society, she accompanied Roger Tory Peterson on several
bird watching trips through Africa and the South Pacific.
After retiring in Florida, she formed a bird watching
group there, and led a number of trips through the Everglades
and other parks in Florida.
her many eclectic interests, she was also an active
member, and many times President, of the "Questors
Antique Society of Washington, D.C.," a semi-professional
group seeking rare American antiques in out-of-the-way-places,
Hill is survived by her two daughters: Dolores Hagerty
and Shirley Adams; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren;
and 4 great, great, grandchildren; most all of whom
live in the Washington, D.C. area. A granddaughter,
Penny Adams, a Producer of the TV series, ER, lives
in Los Angeles. Internment will be private at the George
Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, Maryland.