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Carlos Morales Troncoso (29 September 1940 – 25 October 2014) was Vice President of the Dominican Republic from 1986 to 1994 and its foreign minister from 2004 to 2014.

Carlos Morales Troncoso
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34th Vice President of the Dominican Republic
In office
16 August 1986 – 16 August 1994
PresidentJoaquín Balaguer
Preceded byManuel Fernández Mármol
Succeeded byJacinto Peynado Garrigosa
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Minister of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic
In office
16 August 2004 – 15 September 2014
PresidentLeonel Fernández
Preceded byFrank Guerrero Prats
Succeeded byAndrés Navarro
In office
16 August 1994 – 5 May 1996
PresidentJoaquín Balaguer
Preceded byJuan A. Taveras Guzmán
Succeeded byCaonabo Javier Castillo
Dominican Republic Ambassador to the United States
In office
PresidentJoaquín Balaguer
Personal details
Born(1940-09-29)29 September 1940
Dominican Republic
Died25 October 2014(2014-10-25) (aged 74)
Houston, Texas, U.S.A
Political partySocial Christian Reformist Party
Alma materLouisiana State University


Family backgroundEdit

Carlos Morales Troncoso’s grandfather, Manuel de Jesús Troncoso de la Concha, was figurehead president under dictator Rafael Trujillo from 1940 to 1942.[1] Carlos Morales Troncoso studied in Puerto Rico until his family moved to New Orleans, where his father, Avelino Eduardo Morales, was named General Consul and where Carlos continued his studies.


Morales Troncoso graduated in sugar and chemical engineering at Louisiana State University and worked at the South Puerto Rico Sugar Corporation's Romana sugar factory, becoming head of the Gulf + Western owned company at the age of 34.

He entered politics when President Joaquin Balaguer asked him to be his vice-president for the PRSC ticket at the 1986 presidential elections. He served as vice-president from 1986-1994. He was also head of the State Sugar Council, ambassador to the United States and foreign minister.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Luisa Alba de Morales with whom he has 4 daughters, Ivette Morales de Baittiner, Nicole Morales de Bogaert, Michele Morales de Franco and Cecile Morales de Vitienes. [2]

He died in Houston, Texas on 25 October 2014 from leukemia, aged 74.[3][4]

Political careerEdit

Troncoso was a leader of the Presidential Reformist Counsel until its dissolution on 12 December 2008 and member of the Dominican monetary board before becoming vice-president in 1986. He was ambassador to the US from 1989 to 1990 and foreign minister from 1994 to 1996 and from 2004 until his death.[2]

He and the members of the Presidential Reformist Counsel returned to the Social Christian Reformist Party on 12 December 2008.[5]


  • In 1982, he was named "Businessman of the year" by Asociación Interamericana de Hombres de Empresa, Inc.
  • In 1982 he was named "man of the year" by the Dominican Chamber of Commerce of New York .
  • He was named most distinguished graduate of the year in 1992 by Louisiana State University.
  • In his home country, Troncoso has received Duarte, Sánchez and Mella and the Christopher Columbus Heraldry Award.[6]

Morales has received decorations from the governments of Taiwan, Italy, and Costa Rica He was decorated with:

  • In Spain the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the San Carlos Order.
  • In Peru the Order of the Great Cross
  • In Panama with the Vasco Núñez de Balboa Order
  • In Honduras the José Cecilio del Valle Order
  • In Chile the Order of Excellence

Furthermore he has received the follow awards:

  • Doctor Honoris Causa – Technological University of Santiago (UTESA) (1979)
  • Distinguished Graduate in the Business World Louisiana State University (1981)
  • Free Enterprise Award – Best Cluster Company Gulf & Western Industries, Inc. (1982)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa of Humanities Chicago State University (1987)
  • Julián Barceló Award as Sports Promoter Asociación de Cronistas Deportivos & Barceló & Cia. (1989)


Troncoso wrote several books, including "De lo Privado a lo Público" about his work in the public and private sectors.[6]


  1. ^ Jaime Alberto Read Ortega (9 October 2010). "Los Troncoso: ¿Custodios del Almirante?". Cápsulas Genealógicas. Instituto Dominicano de Genealogía. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b United nations profile Archived September 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Muere excanciller Carlos Morales Troncoso; personalidades externan condolencias". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved October 25, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ Dominican Republic Mourns Former Vice President, Foreign Minister
  5. ^ Morales-T-y-su-grupo-regresan-al-reformismo Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Hoy newspaper
  6. ^ a b Dominican republic government profile
Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel Fernández Mármol
Vice President of the Dominican Republic
16 August 1986 – 16 August 1994
Succeeded by
Jacinto Peynado y Garrigosa
Preceded by
Juan A. Taveras Guzmán
Minister of Foreign Relations
16 August 1994 – 5 May 1996
Succeeded by
Caonabo Javier Castillo
Preceded by
Frank Guerrero Prats
Minister of Foreign Relations
16 August 2004 – 15 September 2014
Succeeded by
Andrés Navarro
Party political offices
Preceded by
Federico Antún Batlle
President of the Social Christian Reformist Party
9 August 2009 – 26 January 2014
Succeeded by
Federico Antún Batlle