The sentence was mixed with nostalgia and memories in El Comercio 's writing when we heard this morning the news of the death of our general manager, Francisco Miró Quesada Cantuarias . At the age of 100 no one embodied better than he did the nature of the dean of the national press. Paco as his family and friends called him, understood that El Comercio was not just a simple informative tool but a civic teaching tool, and for this reason spent eight decades out of office intellectual activity as philosopher, mathematician, politician, diplomat and journalist, around these pages.
His father coined the phrase: "If people can not go to university, the university has to go to the village"; and he understood it better than anyone else. So in 1953 he founded "El Dominical", a cultural space that not only marks the life of El Comercio but also that of the country. There he managed to mix consecrated persons such as Jorge Basadre, Honorio Delgado and Aurelio Miró Quesada Sosa with young university students such as the later Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, who published his first text on these pages at age 19. Soon "El Dominical" also received works by well-known authors such as Bertrand Russell, Camus and Azorín and became a must for several generations.
In "El Dominical" he was also born in 1957 as "El Supercholo", the Peruvian version of Superman, a caricature of our CEO, in which he emphasized the Peruvian values. And here comes the Sofocleto humor with its sofonetos, its famous phrases, its universal lies, its tenths and its sinlogisms. When asked what "The Dominical" is, Paco replied, "Everything." There was something for every taste: politics, economics, literature, history, geography, history, philosophy. But above all, it is a space created with love for Peru. For this reason, it is significant that his first cover was dedicated to the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, a symbol of the Mestizo Peru, which emerged from the community of two continents 175th Anniversary, Francisco Miró Quesada Cantuarias revealed that as a child, he found limitless freedom in his father's library and set out on a journey through the unknown dimensions of mathematics, logic, and philosophical thought. This ability to marvel would become one of Peruvian figures, and these efforts would be most appreciated in 1990 when the first American was elected President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies in Moscow.
Jorge Paredes, editor of "El Dominical," recalls meeting him shortly after he took office, bringing together academic institutions from more than 100 countries. "The Physician Paco usually undertook long journeys to fulfill his academic duties, but when he appeared in the Supplement Offices, he organized work meetings that were master classes." With his calm and warm-hearted voice, he demonstrated his knowledge in such diverse subjects, from metaphysically as meaning love or luck, to scientists as a puzzling quantum physicist and even gave him time to talk about football and boxing, his other great passion.
November of last year, a month after his 100th birthday, Paco was honored in the main hall of this newspaper, where friends, relatives and journalists attended the ceremony, bringing with them their enormous generosity and devotion For example, it was recalled that in 2006 he interviewed the Dalai Lama during his visit to Lima at the age of 87, and continued to write clear columns in the Opinions column every week until 2017 recalls that he was Minister of Education in the first government of the architect Fernando Belaunde Terry and Ambassador of Peru in France, but above all a dedicated husband, who formed an exemplary couple with Doris Rada and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather
Between incessant applause and with love, the editors welcomed the life and work of the man who taught us that every day we have the gel had the opportunity to discover and share something new. Today it hurts to know that we would last see him at El Comercio at home. One month ago he had an intracerebral hemorrhage, which unfortunately could not be cured.
Paco was the continuator of a long service. The patriarch of a family and a newspaper that has just turned 180 and today mourns one of its most famous sons. It leaves an imperishable sign, typical of the people who were there for posterity and nest in the depths of our hearts.