Obituary: Franco-American's Robert Oumano

Cliff Annicelli, January 11, 2001

GLENDALE, N.Y. - Robert Oumano, former president of Franco-American Novelty Co. Inc., died after a long illness on Dec. 4. He was 77.

Oumano was in the novelty business for more than 60 years, originally as a buyer. In 1975, he was named president of Franco-American, a family-owned business started by Oumano's father in 1908. Over the course of his career, Oumano was responsible for building Franco-American's Halloween business, the company says, and personally created a number of best-selling novelty items, such as the King Tut Magic Trick and the Shock Book.

Oumano also helped establish Be-Something Studios, a manufacturer of American-made Halloween masks and props which is partly owned by Franco-American.

Born in the Bronx, Oumano served as a medical technician in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended the City College of New York.

Carol Oumano Rome and Michele Oumano Powell, Oumano's daughters, continue to run Franco-American.

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