Vicente with his family about 1937
(he's the boy on the left side of this photograph)
Sinovas, Burgos, Spain during the Spanish Civil War
My father-in-law, Vicente Rojo Benito, passed away recently. He was born 26 January 1931 in Sinovas, in the Province of Burgos, Spain, the son of Moises Rojo Torres and Anacleta Benito Alvaro. His father was assassinated in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War, and Vicente was sent to live with the Jesuit fathers. He grew up traveling around Spain and South America.
In the 1950s he was a secretary for the United Nations in New York City. He married in 1960 in Madrid, and brought his bride to New York. My husband was born in Manhattan. In the 1970s Vicente removed to San Juan, Puerto Rico to work in the newspaper business. He later became a professor of geography and Latin American history in San Juan, and wrote a travel column for the newspaper. Over the years he authored several books on history and travel, and wrote travel columns for his local senior center's newsletter. Vicente passed away on 29 August 2014 in Madrid after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
1961 Madrid Spain, wedding photo
1961, New York City, my husband was born
while Vicente was working as a secretary at the United Nations
This painting of Vicente now hangs in our house in Manchester, New Hampshire.
It was painted about 1961, and Vicente wears his United Nations lapel pin
1978, my husband and his Dad
on his high school graduation day
1983 At our wedding, Holden, Massachusetts
1987, the year our daughter was born
2005 San Juan, Puerto Rico
2013 At my daughter's wedding, Madrid, Spain
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