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Wladyslaw J. Otorowski

Wladyslaw J. Otorowski

Wladyslaw J. Otorowski, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., died May 8, 2008, in Bainbridge Island with his family by his side.Wladyslaw, affectionately known as “Oto,” was born July 30, 1917, in Cracow, Poland. He lived a long adventurous life. Escaping the German invasion of France, where he was working in 1940, he was transported by ship to England and joined the Polish Air Force division of the Royal Air Force, becoming a signals officer and squadron leader, commanding RAF squadrons throughout the war, including D-Day. When World War II ended, seeking a new life, he sailed to America in 1948 with the aid of sponsors, and began his career as an architect in New York City. In addition to his award-winning designs, he was a gifted pianist, artist, skier, and had an uncanny memory for detail throughout his 90 years. He continued his passion for skiing in the U.S.A. after joining the Ski Club of New Jersey, where he met his wife-to-be, Betty. They shared their adventures on the slopes across the country and Canada, settling for a time in Grand Junction and Aspen. Oto’s architectural work took him from New York to the West, becoming a member of the American Institute of Architects, and establishing his own practice in Colorado, Connecticut and Washington. Oto lived in Glenwood and Carbondale many years as an architect.Survivors include his wife of 57 years; son Christopher (Shawn) Otorowski of Bainbridge Island; daughter Julie (Kurt) Hohmeister of Bethlehem, N.H.; granddaughters Kirsten Otorowski of California, Hilary Otorowski of California, and Mai-Lis Hohmeister of Massachusetts; and grandson Ian Hohmeister of New Hampshire.Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving of Bainbridge Island, (206) 842-4441. A celebration of Oto’s life was held May 27 at St. Cecilia’s parish hall of Bainbridge Island.The online guest book can be found at http://www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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