The Legacy of My Father

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“The Legacy” by Susana Maria Rosende

My father, Alberto Carlos Rosende, Sr.,
was a big influence on my life, both personally and professionally. He instilled in me the values of family, hard work, integrity, and the importance of having goals in life and never giving up, no matter the obstacles. He also inspired me to earn a university degree.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1926 to a working class family, my father learned at a young age that earning an advanced education was essential to gaining financial security. After receiving a scholarship to the University of Havana, he endured hardships (such as lacking bus fare or lunch money and needing to share college text books with his twin brother) to earn his Civil Engineering degree.

His engineering career was curtailed in the early 1960s when he chose to leave Cuba during Fidel Castro’s revolution and was then rejected for engineering…

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