María Urquides

María Luisa Legarra Urquides (December 8, 1908 – June 16, 1994) was an American educator and proponent of bilingual education. She spent her life in the US state of Arizona, but influenced national educational policies. Urquides served in local and federal roles, and received numerous awards and recognitions for her educational leadership and community work. She has been referred to as the "Mother of Bilingual Education" in the United States. She was inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.

María Urquides
Born(1908-12-08)December 8, 1908
DiedJune 16, 1994(1994-06-16) (aged 85)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Years active1928–1977
Known forBilingual education proponent, federal education committees
Notable workThe Invisible Minority (1966)

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