Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch, promoter of education in Guatemala, dies

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Marroquín, C. Free Press, 2020

Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch was recognized by Forbes Central America magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women of 2020.

Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch, president of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, passed away this Sunday, September 6, sources close to her reported.

Gutiérrez de Bosch stood out in Guatemalan society thanks to the support that the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation gives to education. In addition, a few years ago, she created the Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch Foundation, from which she worked to benefit children through nutrition programs.

For more than 20 years, the University Scholarship Program has covered university tuition for favored students, who attend the best private universities in Guatemala.

According to a statement from the Foundation, to date the program has 137 young people who are go to university and 137 more who are already professionals, and work for the best multinational and national companies in the country.


Since she was a child, next to her father, Juan Bautista Gutiérrez, Gutiérrez de Bosch participated in Rotary projects and in the Spanish Charity. Later, in 1985, she promoted the formalization of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, the social arm of Corporación Multi Inversiones.

Born in San Cristóbal, Totonicapán, Gutiérrez de Bosch dedicated herself to contributing to improve the living conditions of the community, for which she also created the Nutrition and Community Entrepreneurship Program at the Foundation, which operates in San Cristóbal Totonicapán, where, in 2019, it celebrated the training of more than 800 women in new practices in preventive health and nutrition.

Recently, Forbes Central America magazine published the list of the 100 Most Powerful Women of 2020 in Central America and the Dominican Republic, which recognizes women who, from their work in different industries and disciplines, stand out for their work for the benefit of Guatemala and confirm that you can always do more.

In the list, which mentioned 16 Guatemalan women, the work of Gutiérrez de Bosch is recognized for her contribution to education in Guatemala and humanitarian work as president of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation and the Foundation that bears her name.

In addition, she received the Golden Fork Award as Person of the Year in 2019, for her humanitarian work, within the framework of the Food Trade Fair in Guatemala.

Throughout her life she received other recognitions and awards such as the “Paul Harris” recognition from Rotary International in 1990, the Dolores Bedoya de Molina Order in Grand Collar degree awarded in 1993 and the “Exalting Our Values” recognition fromBanco  Industrial in 1995 .


The passing of Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch generated reactions from various sectors of society.

“I join in the grief over the loss of Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch, an exemplary woman who worked for a better Guatemala. Her legacy will live on through the hundreds of children and youth served through her foundations. May their dedication and effort continue to be an inspiration”, wrote Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on his Twitter account.

“We regret the passing of Mrs. Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch, a humanitarian leader, with a great spirit of service for the prosperity of Guatemala”, the United States Embassy in the country published on the same social network.

In 2012 she was awarded the Orden del Quetzal Government Award as Grand Officer, and three years later she received a special mention from Rotary International for her Rotary service on the occasion of 90 years of Rotary presence in Central America.

It seems as if an internal fire was dictating urgently: “One more person, Isabel, help one more person; time is running out and you can help one more person ..."