RICHARD OSORIO

Obituary
  • "We all will miss King Richard one of the brightest lights..."
    - yardenna hurvitz
  • "Richard's light will shine forever in all of us who knew..."
    - Cara Robin

OSORIO--Richard (Dick), passed away peacefully at his Berkeley home on November 12, 2010. An avid salsa, tango and swing dancer he and his wife Cara danced through life and traveled the world. In the 1960's and 70's he worked as company/general manager on 16 Broadway shows including the original "HAiR" and was executive producer of "HAiR" Argentina. Born July 10, 1930 he grew up in Alameda, CA, played football at UC Berkeley, was a Marine, graduated from UCLA, was in the MBA program at Harvard. He was a children's librarian at Hayward and Alameda County Libraries in California for over 30 years, taking a 5-year break to travel to India on a spiritual quest. An accomplished storyteller and magician he enthralled 1000's of children throughout the years. Flags flew at half-mast at Hayward City Hall in his honor. A life-long progressive activist, he boycotted with Cesar Chavez and marched in Selma, AL. He was a devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and published the English translation of The Path of Sri Ramana Part II. He is survived by his wife and love of his life, Cara Robin, daughter Miranda Robin-Thurmer, brother George Osorio, five nephews and a niece.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 16, 2011
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