Dr. Osvaldo Chinchon

Dr. Osvaldo Chinchon, former village of Fredonia resident and Professor Emeritus of SUNY Fredonia, died of natural causes on Monday November 18, 2013 at the Beechwood Nursing Home in Amherst, N.Y. He was born August 19,1930 in Antofagasta, Chile. He was the eleventh of fifteen children of Isaac Chinchon and Digna Chinchon (nee Bustos).

After primary & secondary schooling in Antofagasta, he moved to Santiago, Chile to further his education at the National University of Chile; during that time he also served as an Ad Honorem teaching assistant at the Liceo Lastarria in Providencia, just outside of Santiago. At university he studied languages – Latin, French, English (UK) – and taught them at a secondary-school level.

In 1954 Chinchon decided to study American English, and having won a fellowship, he used it by registering at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Two years later, in 1956, he moved to Pennsylvania to study at Penn State University, and that’s where he received a M.A. in Romance Languages.

Chinchon married Susan Ellen Gay Lane,an instructor of Classical Languages (Greek and Latin),from Virginia in 1955. They moved to Virginia where he enrolled at the University of Virginia, and earned his Ph.D. His career as a professor began in 1966 at the University of Vermont. In 1970 he accepted a position at the State University College at Fredonia, where he taught until his retirement in 1995.

He was ever a passionate advocate for human & civil rights, peace & justice issues, and the democratic ideals. He became a US ci-tizen after the September 11, 1973 coup d’etat in Chile.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 42 years, Sue, in 1997. He is survived by his loving son, Eric, of Buffalo, NY; an elder brother, Gustavo (Late Sylvia), of Linares, Chile; two elder sisters, Ana of La Florida and Ruth (late Andres Manen) of Nunoa, Santiago, Chile; a younger brother, Raul, of Los Angeles, California; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Friends may call at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, Saturday November 30, 2013, from 9:30 am-11 am, where a Memorial Service will fol-low at 11 am. Memorial contributions in Dr. Chinchon’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by David J. Dengler.