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Francis Santiago Levy van Gigch

Male 1933 - 2013  (79 years)


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  • Name Francis Santiago Levy van Gigch  [1, 2
    Born 21 Aug 1933  Buenos Aires, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Apr 2013  Delray Beach, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I9198  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2020 

    Father Andres Jacques Levy,   b. 24 Dec 1899, Hagenau, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1980, Englewood, Arapahoe, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Andree van Gigch,   b. 21 Feb 1904, The Hague, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1965, Buenos Aires, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Family ID F13706  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Elizabeth White,   b. 31 Jan 1941, Lansing, Ingham, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married Bef 19 Feb 1961  St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Williamston, Ingham, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. (Private)
    +2. (Private)
    +3. (Private)
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F3944  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From his obituary in the Washington Post (citation details below):

      Dr. van Gigch came to Washington in 1963 as an economist with the Organization for American States. He joined the World Bank in 1968 and was a manager in the West Africa region before leading the Latin American agricultural sector. He was the World Bank's country manager in Bangladesh from 1986 to 1989. He retired in 1990.

      Francis Santiago van Gigch was born in Buenos Aires and graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. He received master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Michigan State University in 1960 and 1968, respectively.

      Dr. van Gigch lived in Fairfax County before retiring to Savannah, Ga., and later to Delray Beach. He won many senior-level tennis championships.

      From his obituary in the Palm Beach Post:

      His last post was as Chief of Mission of the Bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh with the rank of Ambassador. After retirement, he lived fifteen years in Savannah, Georgia where he became the diocesan representative to the Episcopal Relief and Development Agency. He also played USTA tennis at the local, state, regional and national level. On the tennis court, he was known as both a keen competitor and true gentleman. After moving to Florida he competed briefly until illness prevented his playing. He also tutored students in French and Spanish at "Paul's Place," an after-school program for at-risk students.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1079] Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Miami, Florida, records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, The National Archives, Washington, D.C.

    2. [S4192] Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014, on ancestry.com.

    3. [S5065] "Francis van Gigch, World Bank official," The Washington Post, 16 Apr 2013.

    4. [S5091] "Miss Jane E. White Becomes Bride of Buenos Aires Man." Lansing State Journal, 19 Feb 1961, p. 31.