Dr. Pedro "Dino" Roberto Gerónimo Fernández-Giménez died peacefully Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in his home in New London, N.H.
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Dino was an engaging conversationalist, eclectic intellectual, poet and artist, speedy hiker, fabulous host, debonair dresser and lively dancer.
Dino's life was shaped by the political and social events of his era. He left France as a teen, Spain as a young adult and travelled extensively during the '50s. He immigrated in 1961, but remained loyal to the Spanish monarchy and voted in every Spanish election after Franco's death.
He received his Ph.D in public administration from the University of Madrid and taught Spanish language and literature at Western Reserve University, Ripon College and MacMurray College, before becoming an academic advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1981-1996. Throughout his professional and personal life, he was a mentor and advocate for young people, helping them be true to themselves and pursue their dreams.
Wed to Elizabeth Ourusoff in 1962, Dino was a devoted husband and father. He instilled in his children values of kindness, civility, justice, respect for elders, the importance of education, love of beauty and joy in life's pleasures.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Madeleine Labille Fernández-Giménez and Santiago Fernández-Giménez y Addison; his brother, Santiago Fernández-Giménez; and his sisters, Françoise Fernández-Giménez and Jane Corey; and his wife of 38 years, Elizabeth "Lise" Ourusoff de Fernández-Giménez. He is survived by his children, Maria Fernández-Giménez (Devin Odell) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Santiago "Jaime" Fernández-Giménez (Laurie Sovell) of Saint Paul, Minn; and grandchildren, Clara, Joaquin, Leo and Rubianna.
Fitting memorials to Dino would be to climb a mountain, paint a watercolor, host a party, write a poem, mentor a teen or reach out to an elder with respect and curiosity. If you insist, memorial gifts may be made to UWM-Academic Opportunity Center Fund: http://www4.uwm.edu/give_to_uwm/makegift/online_giving.cfm.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on April 15, 2012