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Remembering Longtime AFM Leader Victor Fuentealba

American Federation of Musicians of the US and Canada International President Emeritus Victor W. Fuentealba passed away on April 17 at age 101. Fuentealba was elected to the AFM international executive board in 1967, became international vice president in 1970, and international president in 1978, for almost 10 years.

A proud AFM member for more than 80 years, Vic first joined the union in 1941, when he was performing with the Pete Santora Big Band at Haussner’s Rathskeller in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a member of Bob Craig’s orchestra just prior to joining the Army’s 84th Infantry Division, where he served during World War II.

After his discharge, Fuentealba attended law school at the University of Maryland, graduating and passing the bar exam in 1950. He continued to perform music, playing saxophone and clarinet, while practicing law.

Fuentealba was elected vice president of AFM Local 40 (Baltimore, MD) in 1951. He also held the office of local secretary-treasurer, prior to being elected Local 40 president in 1956. He oversaw one of the most successful mergers of segregated unions when Locals 40 and 543 merged in 1966.

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