Carlos D. Conde

International Political Journalist and Banker

and 1955 Graduate of San Benito High School

A message from Carlos D. Conde to the students of Berta Cabaza Middle School:

Success is relative. It has no common definition. It reveals itself in many ways with no set parameters. Bill Gates is hugely successful if you measure only money. Dennis Rodman is a successful basketball flake. Wasn't it Woody Allen who said that fifty percent of success is showing up. Even serving time can be termed successful when they turn you loose. That's why I have never really dwelled on the yardsticks for success and to their credit, my parents never tried to predestine achievement. They stressed to me only the value of an education; that one can lose all of his worthy possessions but an education is his to keep for life. Without realizing it, they taught me to look at life with the philosophy of not "why", but "why not."

So I set out to be truthful to myself early in life. I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I was fascinated by people, the sense of knowledge and the power and beauty of words. I still am. To paraphrase Will Rogers I never met a person I found boring. If you listen, everyone has a story. All this served me well later in my careers in journalism, public service and international afffairs.

I was fortunate to grow up in a town like San Benito, during a transitional period that went from a highly segregated community to the homogeneous society it is today.

Carlos and President Richard M. Nixon apon his appointment to

For me there was no better sociological laboratory in which to learn and it served me well in forging my career. I learned about bigotry, compassion, loyalty, tolerance, discipline and tenacity. Another advantage which I had and did not realize at that time was my Mexican-American heritage. It went from what for many of us was self-inflicted disparagement to belated appreciation. We finally realized we had a language, we had a culture and we had a great ethnic tradition. Believe me, this served me to great advantage during my career in this country and later in Latin America.

Finally, there were my tutors, from the Catholic religious to the public school teachers most of who I can say were color blind and interested only in developing young minds. I learned from them that "i" is before "e" except after "c" and a "dear" is not a "deer". They helped make it one of the happiest experiences of my life.

Want some advice. Knowledge is the great arbitrator in life. No one has the exclusive franchise on it. It belongs to all. Get it, use it and the rewards follow. And you can take that to the bank. Carlos D. Conde

----Carlos is a man I've admired for over thirty-five years and who's been a role model for me since I was a child. I've watched, listened and learned from him, his life and career and have been the better for having know him and his family, his roots, his hometown. Carlos is the younger son of Mr. & Mrs. Juan (Maria Margarita Danache) Conde of San Benito---Sandra Longoria Tumberlinson


At San Benito High School

Carlos D. Conde yearbook photo


Catholic, Public Schools, San Benito

The University of Texas, (Austin), BA-Journalism, 1960

Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru, 1965-66, Inter-American Press Association Scholar (Time Magazine); Studies: Political Science, Sociology Management & Development School for Government Executives, School of Agriculture, 1971

American University, Washington, D.C. 1976, Graduate Studies, International Banking Innovative Leadership Training, Center for Creative Leadership, Williamsburg, Va., 1994



Public Affairs; Journalism; Development Banking, Caribbean, Latin America; Project Management; Consulting Socio-Economic and Political Affairs, Latin America


Journalism students are, left to right, bottom row, Allan Hayse, Lee Ellen Carter, Julia Gardner, Joyce Halbert, Mary Louise Graham, and Beatrice Villarreal; top row, Marcelino Marin, Rose Mary Stratton, Mrs. Ruth McAnally, sponsor, Maridel McIntosh, Mary Alice Neely and Carlos D. Conde.

Even in high school, Carlos knew he wanted to be a writer. Left to right, Sallyn Hindman, Maridel McIntosh, Kay Lake, and Carlso D. Conde.

Mary Jean Gause gets crowned Homecoming Queen by Carlos D. Conde, Lettermen Club president.

Work Experience

IDB, Deputy Representative, Nassau, Bahamas, 1989-1995. Managed Project Specialists, $200 Million Loan Portfolio

IDB, Chief, Regional Information Activities, IDB, Lima, Peru, 1978-88. Information Affairs, Traveled, Worked in 8 South American Countries

IDB, Chief of Information, Washington, D.C., 1973-78

The White House, Staff Assistant, 1972-73, Hispanic Affairs, Office of Communications

U.S. Commission of Civil Rights, Director of Information, 1971

President's Cabinet Committee on Hispanic Affairs, 1970, Director of Information

Houston Chronicle, 1968-69, General Assignments, Hispanic Affairs

Foreign Correspondent, CNS, 1966 Latin American Affairs

Post-Graduate Studies Abroad, (see above), 1965

The Dallas Morning News, 1961-64, General Assignments, Hispanic Affairs

The Associated Press, 1961, Austin Bureau, General Assingments


Awards & Honors

Nomination, Pulitzer Prize, 1968, The Houston Chronicle, The Hyphenated Americans, Series on Mexican-Americans in Texas and Their Problems and Challenges.

Ring of Truth Award, 1967, Copley Newspapers, Best Foreign Feature, Venezuela

Dealey Award, Dallas Morning News, Feature Writing, 1962, "Boy in Coma"

Headliners Club Team Award, Dallas Morning News, 1963, Billy Sol Estes Scandal

AP (Co-) Award, Spot News, Dallas Morning News, 1961, Plane Hijacking, El Paso

Nomination, Outstanding Young Men of Texas 1970




Carlos D. Conde, Senior Favorite