Sidney Wise, journalist, died peacefully at home in Torrance on August 24, one day before his 90th birthday. Born in New York in 1916 he attended the National University of Mexico, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently, then majored in Journalism at the University of Southern California. Sent to Madrid in 1943, first as Assistant Press Attache of the American Embassy and later correspondent for the Overseas News Organization and CBS, he was the first journalist to expose the fascist Franco regime in Spain. His frank and honest reporting so angered the officials that they later forced him to surrender his credentials under the threat of expulsion from the country. After returning from Spain he worked as a public relations officer in Nelson Rockefeller's Office of Inter-American Affairs then went on to be a public information officer of the United Nations. He moved to Mexico in 1961 and subsequently won the Francisco Zarco award for the best international reporting on Mexico as a Wall Street Journal correspondent in 1968. An authority on the economy and investments in Mexico, Mr. Wise has written articles on these subjects in the New York Times, Barron's, London Times and the Economist as well as the Wall Street Journal. Over the span of his journalistic career he knew and interviewed many of Latin America's most notable dignitaries, including Fidel Castro. He founded the financial investment firm Mexican Financial Advisory Service in 1971. In 1973 Doubleday published a worldwide edition of his book "Invest and Retire in Mexico." He was a consultant to a number of organizations including Union Carbide Mexicana, Syntex, Alexander Proudfoot PLC and IBM de Mexico. He was pre-deceased by his 2nd wife, author and playwright Margarita Urueta, after 40 years of marriage, and his son Jeffrey Wise. He is survived by his daughters Wendy Mathis of Redondo Beach, California, Carol Magowan of Salisbury, Connecticut and Anne Bibrlik of Perth, Western Australia. He is also survived by his sister Edna Wise of Los Angeles and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Torrance Memorial Foundation/Hospice, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505.

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  1. I met Mr. Wise years ago, for a brief time only. Yet in those few months, he shared with me his experience, knowledge and kindness. I had yet to finish college, but Mr. Wise nevertheless taught me the ropes in my first job. I am sorry to hear of his departure, and wish to express my condolences to his family for this loss. Nevertheless, the richness of his life is reason for celebration.

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