Lolita Aniyar de Castro was born on May 8, 1937, and died on December 7, 2015.
She was a Venezuelan teacher, lawyer, and a criminologist.
Lolita served as a professor at Universidad del Zulia in the department of criminology, and for more than 15 years was director of the Institute of Criminology there, which now bears her name.
She taught in graduate school at the Universidad de los Andes, as well as other universities in Argentina, Costa Rica, and Brazil, as well as other countries.
Lolita was appointed as governor of the State of Zulia on 2 February 1994, following the resignation of her predecessor, Oswaldo Alvarez Paz.
Lolita became the first Venezuelan woman to be elected to that position.
Before that, Lolita had already become the first woman to be elected deputy to the Legislative Assembly of the State of Zulia and the first female senator to the National Congress of Venezuela.
Lolita was the Delegate of Venezuela to UNESCO, and she became Consul of Venezuela in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Forms (Latin only) The Committee of Stockholm awarded the International Prize of Criminology (equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Criminology).
Lolita also wrote numerous books on the criminal justice area and in Venezuela.
Lolita Aniyar de Castro passed away on December 7, 2015 at the age of 78, as a result of a heart attack at her home in Maracaibo.