American Community Schools Alumni Association

Serving the community of students, faculty, and staff of: 

Colegio Ward
American Grammar and High School
American Community School

Colegio Lincoln
Lincoln, The American International School of Buenos Aires
Asociación Escuelas Lincoln

Buenos Aires, Argentina

NEWS

"Profe" Donato Laurita Has Departed

The 1977 Southern Star yearbook was dedicated to Profe. The page honoring him read:

En el año 1948 vino un profesor nuevo al colegio. Se llamaba Donato Laurita. ¿Quién puede imaginar la escuela sin el sonido de tangos en el aire, los gritos de "Ventiladores Aurora," la tortura china? ¿Qué sería el colegio sin el Profe para cargarnos, reírse con nosotros, y escuchar nuestros problemas?  ¡Profe, nos alegramos que todavía estás en Lincoln!

In 1948 a new teacher came to the school. His name was Donato Laurita. Who can imagine the school without the sounds of tangos in the air, the cries of "Ventiladores Aurora," the Chinese Torture? What would school be like without Profe to tease us, laugh with us, listen to our problems? Profe, we're glad you're still at Lincoln.

The truth is, Lincoln wouldn't even BE Lincoln without Profe. He helped shape all of us who spent even one semester there – boys and girls. His spirit will forever live in Lincoln. Those tangos still waft through the wind. Who still hears "ten pushup" when they kick a volleyball, or "no pay no towel"? And now we have traveled to the four corners of the earth with a little piece of Profe in our hearts. Profe, vas a estar siempre en nuestros corazones. Que sepas el amor que tenemos para vos, y que en paz descanses.  

We received the following on April 29th, 2019 from Bob Johnson '64, immediate past president of the ACSAA:

Dear fellow schoolmates, ACSAA Board, Lincoln Staff, Class Reps present and former Faculty and friends,

It is with a heavy heart and tears that I pass on the sad news that our beloved "Profe" Donato Laurita passed away at 12:10pm today in Puerto Madryn, Argentina at 95 years of age. He was an icon at Lincoln and Ward AGHS teaching physical education and sports to generations of boys from the late 1940's to the 1990's. He now joins his wife Susana in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and the Laurita family. May he rest in peace. I will pass on more details as they are made available.

Please pass on news to your classmates and associates who knew Profe.

Jade (York) Polk '82, ACSAA President

Obituary

“Profe” Donato Luis Laurita

1923 – 2019

“Profe” Donato  Laurita passed away in Puerto Madryn, Province of Chubut, on Monday April 29th at 95 years of age.  He was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 1923 and spent his childhood in the Province of Buenos Aires. He was active in youth sports, particularly excelling in basketball, and track and field having been the long jump champion in the juvenile category at age 17. After completing his primary and secondary education, Profe Laurita went to Teacher Training College to become a Physical Education instructor and began his working career in the Buenos Aires Municipal Schools.

Profe was hired by Colegio Ward American Grammar and High School in 1948 and taught Physical Education and sports for boys there and at Lincoln School after the two schools consolidated, for a total of 36 years until his retirement in 1984. Outside of his working hours at Lincoln he worked for the Municipality of Buenos Aires, helping underprivileged children, also at the Club Italiano and the Club Huracan de San Justo, teaching swimming and at the Club Almirante Brown  as a soccer physical training coach, He continued part time work at Lincoln School until 1998. During his 51 year tenure at Ward and Lincoln schools, his sports teams won many championship awards including international trophies. He was a father figure and inspiring mentor for hundreds of boys who passed through his classes over five decades. Profe founded the Federacion Metropolitana de Softball and served as its president for many years. His outside interests included hunting, fishing and traveling which he shared during numerous high school camping trips to Bariloche and Achiras Cordoba.

Profe and his late wife of 63 years, Susana, moved permanently from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 2011 to a nice bungalow on their son Alberto’s property. His extended family with Susana includes their son Alberto and his wife Mariela, 5 grandchildren: Sebastian, Francisco, Maria Belen, Marcos and Mariano, and five great grandchildren: Lisandro, Zoe, Antonella, Gianna y Delfina.

A private memorial mass in Profe Laurita’s name was held in Puerto Madryn on May 1.  Plans are underway to leave a long lasting tribute to our beloved “Profe”.

Lincoln has created a blog space for us to share our photos and memories of Profe on their official school website, https://www.lincoln.edu.ar/. Please visit it and share. Your messages will be seen by Profe's family and friends.


Obituario

“Profe” Donato Luis Laurita

1923 – 2019

“Profe” Donato Laurita falleció en Puerto Madryn, Provincia de Chubut, el lunes 29 de abril a los 95 años de edad. Nació en la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, en noviembre de 1923 y pasó su infancia en la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Él era activo en los deportes juveniles, particularmente sobresaliendo en el baloncesto y atletismo, saliendo campeón juvenil en salto en largo a sus 17 años. Después de completar su educación primaria y secundaria, Profe Laurita fue a la Escuela de Capacitación de Maestros para convertirse en instructora de Educación Física y comenzó su carrera laboral en las Escuelas Municipales de Buenos Aires.

Profe fue contratado por el Colegio Ward American Grammar and High School en 1948 y enseñó educación física y deportes para niños allí y en Lincoln School, después de que las dos escuelas se consolidaron, por un total de 36 años hasta su jubilación en 1984. Fuera de sus horas de trabajo en Lincoln también trabajó para la Municipalidad de Buenos Aires donde asistían alumnos carenciados, en el Club Italiano y  el Club Huracan de San Justo enseñando natación, y en el Club Almirante Brown como Preparador Físico de fútbol. Continuó trabajando a tiempo parcial en la Escuela Lincoln hasta 1998. Durante su permanencia de 51 años en las escuelas Ward y Lincoln, sus equipos deportivos ganaron muchos campeonatos, incluidos los trofeos internacionales. Fue una figura paterna y un mentor inspirador para cientos de niños que pasaron por sus clases durante cinco décadas. Profe fundó la Federación Metropolitana de Softbol y fue su presidente durante muchos años. Sus intereses externos incluían la caza, la pesca y los viajes que compartió durante numerosos viajes de campamento a Bariloche y Achiras, Cordoba en la escuela secundaria. Profe y su esposa Susana, con la que compartió 63 años de casado, se mudaron  en forma definitiva de Buenos Aires a Puerto Madryn en 2011, a un bonito bungalow en la propiedad de su hijo Alberto. Su familia extendida con Susana incluye a su hijo Alberto y su esposa Mariela, 5 nietos Sebastian, Francisco, Maria Belén, Mariano y Marcos, y cinco bisnietos Lisandro, Zoe, Antonella, Gianna y Delfina.

Una misa privada en memoria de Profe Laurita se celebró en Puerto Madryn el 1 de mayo. Actualmente se están desarrollando planes para dejar un tributo de largo plazo para nuestro querido “Profe”.

Lincoln ha creado un espacio de blog para que compartamos nuestras fotos y recuerdos de Profe en el sitio web oficial de su escuela, https://www.lincoln.edu.ar/. Por favor visítenlo y compartan. Tus mensajes serán vistos por la familia y amigos de Profe.


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