In Memoriam: Hilda Baré, 90

Kathy Barrios writes:

With sadness I report that Hilda Baré passed away on November 22, 2019, in São Paulo, Brazil, at the age of 90. Hilda began working for Chase in Rio, serving as the Executive Assistant to several Country Managers, including Alfredo Salazar and Peter Anderson. She relocated to São Paulo when the Chase HQ moved to that city. Hilda left Chase in the wake of the Chemical merger. I was fortunate to hire her to assist me in the new Brazil operation I was setting up for Standard & Poor’s. Hilda was already in her seventies at that point but she worked tirelessly, with dedication and loving concern for all her colleagues. Hilda had the phone book for every CEO in Brazil and could always get me in to see any person who would be helpful to build S&P’s franchise.


Hilda suffered unspeakable personal tragedy in her own life yet met the world with cheerfulness, caring for all. May she now peacefully join her beloved family and friends who passed before.




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From Alfredo Salazar: I have fond and unforgettable memories of Hilda. I met Hilda when I arrived at Chase Banco Lar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as Country Manager in 1983. She had been Assistant to my predecessor, Chet Brauch, and was highly recommended to me by him. How true was he on his profiling of Hilda. Her loyalty to Chase Banco Lar and her unselfish dedication to her work were exemplary. She was a very honest and sincere person. Her integrity and rectitude, bluntness, at times, made her totally trustworthy. What a privilege it was for me to have met her in Brazil and had her assisting me in the challenging task of running Banco Lar for the Chase. She was much more than my Assistant. She became my friend. My prayers are with her so that she can now find eternal peace. 
From Frank Reider: I hired Hilda for Banco Lar in 1974.  She worked with me until I left the bank in 1979. We remained friends over the years. She was amazing: efficient, reliable and very funny. Whenever David Rockefeller came to Rio, he “borrowed” her during his stay.I am glad she lived such a long, fruitful life. A very special person!!