Rosario Granados - Rose

Rosario 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 Clara.

Rose was a woman of great accomplishments including being a World Traveler, photographer, lecturer and contemporary of First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower.

She died on March 7, 1999 at the age of 91 and is buried in George Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, MD.

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Popular lecturer, Photographer and World Traveler

Rosario 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.

Mrs. 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. Eisenhower’s. Having spent a great deal of time traveling throughout Spain, and studying Spanish culture at the University of Madrid, Mrs. Hill was the Club’s expert on Spain and Spanish culture.

She 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 ‘50’s.

Ms. Hill traveled, photographed, and lectured on the joys and excitement of traveling in the 50’s and 60’s 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, Tanganyika’s 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 her lectures.

A 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.

Among her many eclectic interests, she was also an active member, and many times President, of the "Questor’s Antique Society of Washington, D.C.," a semi-professional group seeking rare American antiques in out-of-the-way-places,

Ms. 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.




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