BLANCO--Osvaldo Joseph, fiction writer and translator in Buenos Aires, Argentina, medical copywriter and translator for Sterling Drug, Inc. on Park Avenue, NYC from 1967-1994, active member of the American Translators Association, freelance narrator for film and radio, freelance translator of over 35 children's books, contributing author of Green Force Five, a King Features Syndicate comic strip, and Assistant Professor of Medical Translation at New York University (NYU), died on Tuesday, September 24th in Great Neck, NY. He was 83 years old. The cause of death was complications of kidney failure. Osvaldo J. Blanco, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 25, 1929 to Manuel and Preciosa Blanco who had migrated to Argentina from Spain in the 1920's. On November 21, 1960, he married his present wife, Michelle Blanco, PhD, and flew with her to New York City where they started their married life together. They became American citizens in 1970. Osvaldo Blanco graduated from Queens College in 1979 with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. His interests included classical music, literature, theater, and poetry. He was most often described as an intellectual with a strong belief in the importance of family values. Osvaldo Blanco's wife of 53 years survives him, as do his daughter and son, Sandra M. Halvorsen and Edgar A. Blanco, and grandson, Daniel Joseph Blanco. In lieu of flowers the family gratefully requests that donations be made to Carey Dad's Club Music Fund, H. Frank Carey High School, Attn: Robert Cassara, 230 Poppy Ave, Franklin Square, NY 11010.
Published in The New York Times on Sept. 29, 2013