Former Cuban Prime Minister Dead at 90
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ Gonzalo Guell, a former Cuban prime minister, foreign minister and career diplomat, has died at his home here. He was 90.
Guell, who died Monday, also had served under several Cuban administrations as ambassador to Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.
Deposed President Fulgencio Batista named him foreign minister in 1957 and prime minister in 1958.
Guell was close to the U.S. ambassador in Havana in the late 1950s who was instrumental in negotiating Batista’s peaceful departure when Fidel Castro took over in 1959.
He was among 40 people who accompanied Batista to safety in the Dominican Republic after Castro’s takeover.
Guell lived in the Dominican Republic and Spain. He settled in Miami, where he taught English to foreigners and worked at the University of Miami’s medical library as a reference librarian.
Survivors include his wife, Juana Iniga, a brother and a sister. Services were held Wednesday in Miami.