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Alphonse A. Riutort, photographer

Alphonse A. Riutort, 99, who owned and operated a photography studio in Washington for 12 years, died March 5 at the Washington Home and Community Hospice.

The cause was a bowel obstruction, said his daughter, Priscilla Ann Brookens.

Mr. Riutort, a Washington resident, bought the now-defunct White’s Photographic Studio, at 724 11th St. NW, from the store’s original owners in 1962. He shot photographs and managed the studio until selling the company in 1974.

In retirement, he worked as a freelance photographer, shooting Washington area weddings, events and portraits. He also designed jewelry.

Alphonse Antonio Riutort was born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. He moved to Manhattan in 1930, where he worked as a busboy and developed an interest in photography. He settled in Washington and began working at White’s Photographic Studio in the early 1950s.

During his time with White’s, he took a number of unofficial photographs of former presidents, including Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

His marriage, to Guillermina Perez, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion of 38 years, Mildred Rice of Washington; three children from his marriage, Orlando Alphonse Riutort of Newport News, Priscilla Ann Brookens of Denver and Gilbert Riutort of Arlington County; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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