Donald A. Otenasek, Retired Editor

August 14, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Donald A. Otenasek, longtime financial editor of the old News American who enjoyed traveling, died Tuesday of multiple organ failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The longtime Rosedale resident was 78.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Ashland Avenue, he was a 1949 graduate of City College. He attended Loyola College for a year and graduated in 1953 from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Mr. Otenasek began his 25-year newspaper career as a police reporter at the News American in 1961, and later was a county reporter and finally the newspaper's financial editor.

Mr. Otenasek, who also had been president of the New Union of Baltimore, the newspaper's independent bargaining unit, for eight years, retired in 1986 when the newspaper folded.

He had been a member of the board for many years of Slavie Federal Savings Bank, and president for eight years of Sokol Baltimore Inc., a gymnastics teaching organization that had been founded by Czech immigrants in the 1870s. He had traveled to Europe a dozen times, and he enjoyed visiting the Alps and relatives in the Czech Republic.

Mr. Otenasek, who converted to Roman Catholicism, was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, 5212 McCormick Ave, Rosedale, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.. Surviving are five cousins.

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