Carlos Vicente Orban Barrera, 71, of Fairfield, died on Feb. 4 at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport.

He graduated from the Peruvian Naval Academy in 1961 with the rank of ensign. After 40 years of service, he retired with the rank of captain and received the honors of rear admiral. He was the recipient of the Peruvian Cross of Navy Merit in the grades of knight and officer, among other honors.

He pursued post-graduate studies at the Phillips International Telecommunications Training Center in the Netherlands. At the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., he studied strategy and policy. As a Navy officer, he was appointed as director of Navy logistics, director of maritime interests; executive director for naval operations; director of public relations, Armed Forces Joint Chief of Staff and director of public relations of the Navy.

He served on several boards of directors that matched his interests in genealogy, international maritime affairs, naval history and philately. Also, he had professional interests in the maritime insurance business. He was a competitive sportsman in leading rowing teams, winning several championships, and was a weekly tennis player at the Lima Cricket and Football Club. He also enjoyed model ship modeling. He was an usher at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and enjoyed events at the Fairfield Public Library.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Amparo Geraldino de Orban; his children, Monica Orban of Fairfield, Carlos Gustavo Orban and his wife, Pilar, of Lima, Peru, and Jacqueline Orban Caceres and her husband, Alejandro, of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Carlos Jesus Orban, Alexia Maria Orban, Alexander Nicholas Caceres and Virginia Maria Caceres; a brother, Andres Orban and his wife, Lerka, of Lima, Peru; a brother-in-law, Pedro Geraldino and his wife, Leslie, of Pennsylvania; and other relatives in Peru and the United States. He was predeceased by a brother, Juan Orban.

A memorial Mass will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road. Burial will be in Lima, Peru.

Memorial contributions may be made to either: St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606, or Norwalk Education Foundation, 125 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851. The Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, is handling arrangements. To sign a guest register, visit