Elise Urrutia, the great-granddaughter of Doctor Aureliano Urrutia, is a long-time San Antonian, and writes on a variety of topics including history, art, and music. She and her father, Dr. A.A. “Bud” Urrutia, have explored the family’s history together for a number of years, and she is currently researching and writing the story of La Familia Urrutia en San Antonio. Her book about Dr. Urrutia's enigmatic garden, Miraflores, will be published by Wings Press in 2018. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo of Ms. Urrutia (above left) courtesy of Josh Huskin.
Welcome to Quinta Urrutia, a journal about the experience of exploring the life of Doctor Aureliano Urrutia and his family, who arrived in San Antonio in 1914 as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. A man of modest origins, Urrutia became a successful surgeon in México. But a brief appointment to the government of one of México's most despised rulers changed everything and Urrutia narrowly escaped the country with his life. He came, with his wife and family, to San Antonio under American military escort, and rebuilt his life here. He was a man of México, and a man of the world. He was not perfect, but he was interesting; and his contribution to San Antonio cannot be denied. He set his family afloat here on a challenging, but colorful course, and left a legacy of healthcare, and integration into the fabric of San Antonio and beyond.