Angel Julian Valbuena
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AGE: 86 • Hockessin
Angel Julian Valbuena, (nom de plume Angel Valbuena-Briones), Elias Ahuja Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware, was an internationally known scholar, author, professor and lecturer in Spanish and Spanish American literatures. Dr. Valbuena passed away on February 5, 2014 from a Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis, at the age of eighty-six. He was born in Madrid, Spain, the son of Angel Valbuena-Prat and Francisca de Asis de Briones-Ballesteros. He became a U.S. citizen in 1963 in Wilmington, Delaware.
He was the Elias Ahuja Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at the University of Delaware from 1960 to 1999.
Prof. Valbuena received his Licenciatura, Summa cum laude, from the University of Murcia in 1949, and his Doctorado, Cum Laude, in Romance Philology, from the University of Madrid in 1952. He taught at the Universities of Murcia, and Madrid in Spain, Oxford University (England), the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Yale University. He was a Visiting Professor at New York University, University of Madrid, University of Mexico at Aragon, and the Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Bogota, Colombia. He received post-doctoral fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Madrid), and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Delta Pi, the Modern Language Association of America, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese, the International Association of Hispanists, the Anglo-German Association of Calderonists, the Comediantes, the Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, the Marquis Biographical Library Society, and the University of Delaware Library Associates.
Professor Valbuena was on the Editorial Board of Arbor, Bulletin of the Comediantes, Hispanic Journal, Juan de la Cuesta , Editions Reichenberger , and Chadwyck-Healey. He served on the Fulbright National Screening Board for Awards in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, the National Endowment for the Humanities Research project, and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Madrid). He served as Chairman of the Division of 16th & 17th C. Spanish Drama Division of the Modern Language Association of America and as Vice President of the national Sigma Delta Pi honor society. He founded the University of Delaware Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi in 1974.
He is the author of nineteen books on Spanish and Spanish American literatures, including Obras Completas de Calderón (Madrid, Aguilar), Literatura Hispanoamericana (Barcelona, Gustavo Gili), Calderón y la comedia nueva (Espasa-Calpe, Madrid), and
editions of Calderón's La Dama Duende and El alcalde de Zalamea (Catedra, Madrid). He was an editor of Teatro Español del Siglo de Oro, three CD-ROM discs of Spain's Golden Age playwrights issued by Chadwyck-Healey.
The University of Delaware presented him with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1988, and the College of Arts & Science awarded him as the Outstanding Scholar in 1996. The national honor society, Sigma Delta Pi, honored him with the Don Quijote Distinguished Scholar Award in 1999. His edition of Calderon's "La Dama Duende" was presented at the Library of Congress in 1965 and at the National Theatre in Madrid in 1990 and 1991.
He was a member of the Greenville Country Club in Wilmington, DE, St. Francis Xavier Shrine of the Old Bohemia Historical Society in Warwick, MD, and St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, DE. He enjoyed book collecting, researching special collections in famous libraries, travel, theatre, opera, tennis, and walking at Longwood Gardens.
Professor Valbuena is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, the former Barbara Northrup Hobart, two daughters: Teresa Hobart Duke and her husband Harry Max Duke II, of Fort Washington, MD, and Vivian Hobart Valbuena and her husband David W. Buxbaum, of Sydney, Australia and Carmel, New York; three brothers in Spain: Francisco Valbuena-Briones and his wife Maribel Medina Carles, Carlos Valbuena-Briones, Esq. and his wife Elena Diaz Breijo, and Agustin Valbuena-Briones, M.D. and his wife Professor Maria Lina Vicente Hernanz. He was predeceased by his brother, Rafael Valbuena-Briones of Madrid.
Burial will be private for the immediate family. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Saint Mary of the Assumption Church, Hockessin, Delaware, on February 20 at 11:00 A.M. with a reception following at Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, DE.
The Valbuena family gives their thanks to the medical staff at Cokesbury Village, Christiana Hospital and Vitas Hospice for their wonderful assistance and caregiving.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in A. Julian Valbuena's name to: The Old Bohemia Historical Society, Box 61, Warwick, MD 21921; or to The University of Delaware Library Associates, Morris Library, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19717-5267.
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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 9 to Feb. 17, 2014