Anthony R. Aromando, Therapist, artist, 47

Anthony R. Aromando of Denver, a psychotherapist and artist, died Dec. 13 of AIDS complications. He was 47.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Temple Events Center, 1595 Pearl St.

Aromando practiced psychotherapy in Denver and was a former psychotherapy commentator on KCNC's "Colorado Today" program.

He served in the Central Intelligence Agency and in the Air Force, where he was a munitions expert, and taught English and acculturation courses in Taiwan.

He earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and art from Montclair State College in New Jersey and earned a master's degree in social work from Columbia University.

He was an adjunct professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Social Work and at Hunter College. He taught at numerous universities including Rutgers, Syracuse and Carlton.

Aromando was also an artist who lived on the Six Nations Iroquois reservation in New York, where he studied Native American customs and values which were reflected in many of his oil paintings. His art work combined his knowledge of psychology and the therapeutic process.

He was the director of social work at Big Brothers Inc. in New York City and served as director of various mental-health centers throughout the United States, Europe and Canada.

He worked as a freelance photographer and with interior designers in creating environmental designs for homes.

He is survived by his companion, Ted VanWhy, Denver, and a sister, Carole Fulton, Auburn, Neb.

Contributions may be made to the CAEAR Coalition (Cities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief), c/o the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, 1170 Market St., fifth floor, San Francisco, Calif. 94102; or Hospice of Metro Denver, 3955 E. Exposition Ave., Suite 500, Denver 80209.

(Denver Post, January 6, 1995 Friday 2D EDITION)

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