Juan C. Zamora, 77, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Spanish, died Oct. 8.
Born in New York City, he was raised in Havana, Cuba, where he lived until 1961. He was a graduate of the University of Havana and the University of Havana Law School.
He served the Republic of Cuba from 1959-60 as secretary general of Casa de Las Americas, director of the Hemeroteca Nacional, and chief of chancellery in the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores.
In 1961, he moved to the United States, living in Miami, Buffalo, West Hartford, Conn., and Amherst. He obtained his Ph.D. in in Hispanic linguistics in 1971 from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Prior to joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, he was professor of linguistics at Central Connecticut State College from 1970-71.
He taught on campus for 36 years and chaired the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from 1987-93. He retired last year.
He leaves his wife, Margarita Cruxent Zamora; two daughters, Maria (Vicky) Crouse and Margarita Zamora, of Madison, Wis.; two granddaughters; two brothers, and four nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Newman Center Chapel, 472 N. Pleasant Street. A reception will follow immediately after the service.
Memorial donations may be made to Baystate VNA & Hospice Services, 101 Monson St., Suite 201, Greenfield 01301 or the American Lung Association.