Olivia Delgado de Torres

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OLIVIA DELGADO DE TORRES JANUARY 4, 1944 - APRIL 18, 2014 Olivia Balfour Maldonado Delgado de Torres, 70, of Santa Fe, died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born to Armand Maldonado and Lena Balfour Maldonado. She was raised in the Bronx, New York, where she attended the Bronx High School of Science, graduating at the age of 16. She went on to attend Vassar College, which included a one year study abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris. She married Juan Delgado de Torres on November 17, 1963. Juan was an Economist who worked for the Conference Board in New York. She became a reporter for Life Magazine, working for the Life in Espa?nol edition. She went on to study at the New School for Social Research, attaining a PhD in Philosophy. She was an adjunct professor of philosophy at Baruch College of the City University of New York and at Long Island University in Brooklyn. A teacher and scholar of classical philosophy, she knew ancient Greek and had a working knowledge of Latin. She was fluent in Spanish and French and had some knowledge of Arabic. She moved to Santa Fe in 1992, when offered a full time teaching position at Saint John's College, where she remained for 4 years. She taught one semester as a visiting Olin Professor at Adelphi University on Long Island. She continued as an adjunct professor at the College of Santa Fe. She loved to read and talk about philosophy, often citing Plato and Socrates. With her roots from the Caribbean, she felt out of place in the high desert, but came to love the sunshine and working in her garden. She would tell people she was a tropical flower. She loved to dance, having studied with the Dance Theater of Harlem in her early years. . She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Juan and sister Millicent Maldonado de Jesus. She is survived by her daughter, Lena, an adjunct professor of sociology at Ramapo College in New Jersey; by her grandson Lucas; and by her companion of almost 28 years, Kenny Pin, a Community Planner and Development Professional. She also leaves behind relatives in Cuba and Jamaica. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Berardinelli Family Funeral Services at 1399 Luisa Street from 1 to 5PM. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 984-8600. Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Apr. 25, 2014
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