Pablo Otero
businessman, volunteer

Pablo Otero, 58, a Washington businessman who operated a billing and collection service for physicians, died of liver cancer Dec. 11 at his home in Chevy Chase.

A sister, Maria Otero, confirmed the death.

Mr. Otero opened his business, Otero Physician Billing and Collection, in 1993 and was president and chief executive of the operation until shortly before his death.

He also had done volunteer work in Washington’s Latino community.

Juan Pablo Otero was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He was a 6 when he moved to the Washington area with his family.

He graduated in 1972 from St. John’s College High School in Washington and in 1976 from the University of Maryland. He received a master’s degree in development banking and economics from American University in 1984.

From 1982 until 1993, he worked at American Security Bank in Washington. His jobs there included branch manager of the bilingual Adams Morgan branch and vice president and manager of a retail banking division.

His volunteer work included coaching youth soccer teams and service on the board of directors of the St. Mary’s Center, a community health center for Latina women in Washington.

He was board member of the San Miguel School, a tuition-free middle school in the District for disadvantaged immigrant boys, and board president of the St. John’s College High School Men’s Club.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married in 1986, Dr. Susan Early Otero; their three children, Pablo, Luis and Elisa Otero, all of Chevy Chase; his mother, Maria Teresa Otero of Chevy Chase; five sisters, Cecilia Otero of Silver Spring, Maria Otero of Washington, “BB” Otero of the District, Carola Otero Bracco of Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Lucia Mackell of Chevy Chase; and three brothers, Rene Otero and Fernando Otero, both of Silver Spring, and Pancho Otero of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Bart Barnes