Don Teo, Rest in Power, Your Work Lives On
Teodoro Maus showed us how to love fiercely. He was a man of many talents and identities, an architect, an artist, a community organizer, a film director, a diplomat, a philanthropist, a radio host, an activist, a father, a husband, a mentor and a friend to many.
Teodoro was from the generation when personal branding meant having clarity on where he stood on issues. He was not afraid of controversy. He spoke truth to power. He was real. He cared deeply and courageously.
Don Teo was a force of nature, he was implacable in his judgment and relentless in his dedication to the community. He was persistent in his questions and he was loud on the work we had to do.
Teodoro was very influential and was at the center of so many critical moments for our community in Georgia. He was part of the “deal” to get Mexican and California-based workers to the Atlanta to finish the stadiums and parks and general infrastructure for the 1996 Olympics; he stood side by side with the Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and said “Si Se Puede” during calls against HB 87, one of the most anti-immigrant bills in the country, he was vocal about the importance of keeping Georgia roads safe with driver’s licenses for ALL George residents, sending 13 boxes containing 35,000 signatures delivered to the Capitol asking for the opportunity to take children to school, work and the hospital. The list goes on.
Born in Mexico City, Teodoro was the Mexican Consul General in Georgia from 1995-2001. After transferring to Washington, he decided to return to Georgia and stayed, he co-founded GLAHR, was the main funder and force behind Radio Información. He launched the first scholarship fund for Latinos in the state.
Most importantly, he was deeply loved, deeply respected and deeply admired by so many.
Don Teo, Rest in Power.
Your work lives on in the thousands of lives you touched, in the community leaders you drilled with questions and accountability, in the organizations you supported, in your family, in the students you supported financially so they could pursue their educational attainment aspirations (including Representative Brenda Lopez, artist Roberto Hernandez) in every single one of us that will carry your vision of an engaged, strong and united community.
You came here, to stay.