Biography of Vilcor Du Gand
San Francisco, CA Biographies





Victor Du Gand, honorary vice consul of the republic of Colombia, South America, since 1925, has ably directed the business of the Colombia California Corporation of San Francisco as its president for the same length of time. He was born in Riohacha, Colombia, South America, August 21, 1882, his parents being Francis Victor and Reyes Maria (Gnecco) Du Gand, the former now deceased. His education was acquired in. Liceo Padilla of Riohacha, Salazar College of Santa Marta and Baralt College of Curacao, Dutch West Indies. Prior to coming to San Francisco he figured prominently in financial affairs of South America as president of the banking firm of V. Du Gand e Hijo from 1905 until 1917 and as head of the Du Gand Bank from 1917 until 1925. He was also a director of the Electric Energy Company for ten years, director of the Perez Rose Steamship Company of Barranquilla for nine years and director of the Barranquilla Water Works for ten years. Moreover, he was chairman of the board of the Barranquilla Charity Hospital, and he served as Belgian and French consul in Barranquilla from 1907 until 1925. The latter year witnessed his arrival in San Francisco, where he has since been actively and successfully engaged in business as president of the Colombia California Corporation, import and export merchants. As stated above, he has been honorary vice consul of Colombia in San Francisco for the past six years, and since 1915 has been Academy officer of the French government, while in 1923 he was appointed Knight of the Crown of Belgium. Mr. Du Gand is a conservative in politics and a Catholic in religious faith. His appreciation for the social amenities of life is manifest in his various club memberships. He was the founder of the Barranquilla A. B. C. of Barranquilla, served as its chairman from 1915 until 1925 and since the latter year has been honorary chairman. His name is also on the membership rolls of the Olympic, Bohemian, French, Commonwealth and Presidio Clubs of San Francisco and the Mount Diablo Country Club.

On the 19th of May, 1906, Mr. Du Gand was united in marriage to Miss Beatrice Roncallo, of Barranquilla, Colombia, and they are the parents of eight children, namely: Jose Victor, Gabriel Antonio, Estela Mariana, Trinidad, Beatrice Eugenie, Reyes Maria, Leon Alberto and Ignatius Rafael. The family home is at 2820 Scott street, and Mr. Du Gand maintains an office in the Kohl building of San Francisco.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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