Gordon Condie Osmond

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1934 - 2017
A multi-talented and entirely unique individual, Gordon Osmond, age 82, died peacefully on February 20, 2017 having lived his life in exploration and fulfillment of his manifold talents and interests.

A former managing partner at the law firm of Donovan Leisure, Newton and Irving, Gordon Osmond is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, where he served as Decisions Editor of the Law Review. In addition to generous scholarships he worked his way through college modeling for various teen magazines including several cover shots. His entire legal career was spent at a single Wall Street law firm. As he would say, he compensated for his excessive professional stability by having a fairly tumultuous personal life.

Shortly before and continuing well beyond retirement he turned his attention to writing both as a novelist and playwright.

As an author Osmond was respected for his impeccable command of language, humor and character development. Clever doesn't begin to describe his acerbic wit. He was inspired and challenged by the wonders of the English language to which his book, "So You Think You Know English--A Guide to English for Those Who Think They Don't Need One" is dedicated. Other self help books and videos include "A Hip Pocket Guide to Sports" and "Be a Buddy to your Body."

In January, 2013, Secret Cravings Publishing launched Osmond's debut novel, "Slipping on Stardust", which has received numerous professional reviews. Subsequent additions to his oeuvre include "Turner's Point" and "The Page."

His autobiography "Wet Firecrackers, the Unauthorized Autobiography of Gordon Osmond by Gordon Osmond" is a colorful collection of stories and ideas.

His plays include "A Matter of Tone", "The Scales" "Ben And Jerry," "Fertile Deception," "First Family," "The Hostage Heart," "Jackie and Jill," "Patient Target," "Queen of Sheba," "Viva La Muerte" and "What's It All about Albee." Professional productions have graced stages in New York City, Winston Salem North Carolina, Dayton Ohio and San Diego California as well as other cities.

In San Diego he taught English as a second language to hundreds of students. He also hosted an internet interview show from San Diego and Brazil where he interviewed many new authors.

Born in Washington D.C. spending several of his teen years living in Tokyo Japan during the occupation, he lived in New York City for nearly 50 years and then moved to San Diego and finally Sao Paulo Brazil. He was an avid tennis player all his life, a member of the Columbia College Varsity Swimming Team, a serious ballet student in his twenties, thirties and even into his forties.

Two web pages that reveal quite a bit about Gordon are:
and one of his blog pages:

He is survived by his beloved husband, Luiz Russo, with whom he spent his last 28 years, a brother and devoted friends from all over the world.

Memorials will be held in Sao Paulo as well as Jackson, Michigan.
Published on NYTimes.com from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2017