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Elihu Abrahams

Elihu Abrahams, 91, a theoretical physicist specializing in condensed matter, died in Los Angeles after a brief illness.

Born in Port Henry, N.Y. to Simon M. and Mildred Mischkind Abrahams, he grew up in Manhattan, attending the Walden School and Brooklyn Tech. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and served in the Naval ROTC, graduating with a BS in 1947 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1952.

At Berkeley, he met fellow student Geulah Greenblatt, a modern dancer. She followed him to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1953 when he joined the physics department, and they married shortly thereafter. In 1956 they moved to Princeton, N.J. when Abrahams became a professor at Rutgers University. In 1964 he became the Bernard Serin Professor of Physics and Astronomy. That same year, their son David was born, followed by son Jonathan in 1967.

In the mid-1960s Abrahams became involved with the newly established Aspen Center for Physics, and with his close friend, the late David Pines, played a central role in building its condensed matter physics program. He was president of the ACP from 1979 to 1983, the chair of its board of trustees from 1997 to 2000, and remained an active part of the Aspen physics and arts community until this year.

In 1979, Abrahams, Nobel laureate Philip W. Anderson, Donald Licciardello and T.V. Ramakrishnan published the highly influential paper "Scaling Theory of Localization: Absence of Quantum Diffusion in Two Dimensions" in Physical Review Letters 42. Often referred to as the "gang of four paper" in physics circles, the authors proposed new, precise predictions about the behavior of electrons in disordered materials. In 2003, the American Physical Society named it among the top-ten most often cited papers published in the Physical Review. As of his death, it has been cited 6,119 times.

In 2009, he moved to Los Angeles to be closer to family, joining the UCLA physics department. Abrahams was considered to be a pioneer in the theoretical foundations of disordered and interacting systems, and will be remembered by his colleagues as a generous collaborator and mentor, a "gentle giant" who never failed to ask a clarifying question or provide deep insight to a problem.

In September, he learned that he had been awarded the 2019 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize from the American Physical Society "for pioneering research in the physics of disordered materials and hopping conductivity."

In addition to his work as a scientist, Abrahams was passionate about music and the arts. He loved sports cars, cycling and tennis. Geulah Abrahams died in 1996. Survivors include his son David and daughter-in-law Luann of San Jose, son Jonathan and daughter-in-law Michelle of Los Angeles, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Helene Haugland

Helene Haugland died peacefully on October 25th to join her beloved Doug Haugland. It was a loving end to a life truly well lived — full of love, laughter, grace, elegance, silliness, dancing, and fun, not to mention lots of candy, donut holes, and Triscuits!

Helene was a passionate human being who cared for others. Her biggest joy was spending time with family, friends, and of course her favorite baseball team, the Minnesota Twins. If she was not with her family or watching the Twins she would be traveling, gardening, reading, or enjoying a good move with popcorn.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 18th 1929 to Harold and Senora Bakke. She grew up in Minneapolis with her brother Larry, and spent her high school years at MPLS West High School. She attended the University of Minnesota where she received her BSN in 1952. In 1971 she returned to school and graduated a second time from the U of M with a Master's in Public Health in May 1973, she was a trail blazer!

Helene and her family moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1974. It is in Aspen that she found her true passion. Helene founded the Aspen Hospice in 1987 believing that people are happier when they are in their home surrounded by loved ones at the end of life. During her many years in Aspen, Helene built a beautiful home and garden where family, friends, and the entire community gathered and laughed in the shadows of her beloved Rocky Mountains.

Helene is survived by her children, Ward Johnson (Terri), Cinda Collins, Kristin Johnson, Kathleen Johnson, and Eric Johnson (Heather), their father James A.R. Johnson, Brother Larry Bakke and her grandchildren; Sarah, Michelle, Ben, Silas, CT, Kella, Erica, James, Emily, Hope, and Hunter. She is also survived by Doug's children Holly Eastman, Teri Haugland (Winston Yonan), Scott Haugland (Jody) and his 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Helene, Grams, Grammy will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.

Per Helene's request a private celebration of life will be held for family in the spring.

In lieu of cards/flowers, donations can be sent to: HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley 1901 Grand Ave. Glenwood, CO 81601.

Dustin Kent Morrow

Dustin Kent Morrow expectantly passed away on October 30th, 2018. Born in Colorado Springs April 20th, 1982, Dustin moved to the Western Slope in 2007 and was reborn. He worked for Mountain Air Mechanical for over ten years, and excelled in his field. His work ethic, as well as his infectious personality, led him to be a favorite of many customers. In 2009, Dustin met his wife Rachael, and started a beautiful family.

Dustin was a rabid Cleveland Browns fan, and supported his team by wearing his gear everywhere he went, from work to the golf course.

Dustin was a friend to whoever he ran into. His family included everyone he encountered, and he would invite them into his heart without question. His loss has made many grown men cry, and will leave our hearts and our valley with a large hole.

Dustin is survived by his wife Rachael Leann Morrow, daughters Chyanna Gonzalez and Abagail Morrow, son Andrew, mother Lynette Morrow, Mother in Law Dori Ilene Bohatch, siblings Derek, Dona, and Danita Morrow, Daniel Jaeke, many nieces and nephews, grandparents, and more friends than anyone could ever list.

A celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 10th from 1-5 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Dustin Morrow Support Fund at all American National Bank locations.

Barbara Floria Orcutt

Travel writer and beloved high school teacher, Barbara Floria Orcutt, loses battle with cancer at age 64.

Barbara Ann Floria was born January 27, 1954 at home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to industrial designer, James Floria, and artist, Audrey Floria. She grew up in Wisconsin and Connecticut and graduated from New Canaan High School in 1972. Barbara attended Beloit College and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting in 1977.

She moved to New York City where she landed a job as an assistant photo editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine. She married her sweetheart, Allen Orcutt, in 1984. She continued her career as a photo editor and travel writer at MD Magazine. In 1987 she became the founding editor for the nation's largest corporate health magazine, Vitality. She was a devoted teacher at Bridges and Glenwood Springs High School for many years. She felt a deep responsibility to her students and loved sharing her passion for travel and the arts.

Barbara was a devoted wife, friend, and above all, mother. Her son Andre was born in 1986, and her daughter Georgia Grace was born in 1988. Allen and Barbara raised their children in No Name, Colorado for many years. During their time in Colorado, she loved walking her Shetland Sheepdogs, writing her stories, caring for her children, all while her husband played the banjo and wrote her love poems. She was also a stepmother to Allen's two daughters, Ashley and Amy, whom she loved dearly.

Barbara Ann Floria Orcutt had a love for adventure, education, and music that was contagious to all around her. Her office in No Name was filled with the sounds of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, and of course peanut M&Ms. She would light up the room with a smile and make lifelong friends with strangers on the street. Even after her diagnosis, she continued to travel the world, became a grandmother and lived life to the fullest like she always had. Like the traveler she was at heart, she made one last trip to Amsterdam with her daughter, Georgia Grace Gibsone, just months before she passed. Barbara is survived by her son Andre, her daughter Georgia, her grandson Nils, her stepdaughters Amy and Ashley, and her brother David Floria.

Barbara's memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 25th. Please email andre.orcutt@gmail.com for details.

In lieu of bringing flowers or gifts for the family, we please ask that you instead make a donation to any of these charitable organizations in her name, which she supported for many years:

Doctors Without Borders

Save The Children

Disabled American Veterans


Elliott Robinson

Elliott Robinson, 82, passed away peacefully on October 24th 2018 at his home in Kailua, Hawaii. Elliott was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia on November 17, 1935 to the late Minty and Abro Robinson. He was a husband, father, brother, uncle and world-class athlete. Elliott was a proud 7-time finisher of the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona. He also was a finisher of the New York and Boston Marathons, raced his Triumph TR-4 at Daytona and once held a 2 handicap in golf. Throughout his life, he ran in 17 countries and at one point reached a personal milestone of running 981 consecutive days.

Elliott attended the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. He became a successful real estate developer in Brunswick and St. Simon's Island, Georgia and was the president of the Brunswick Rotary Club.

He discovered the people and mountains of Aspen on a ski trip to Colorado in 1974. Later that year, he retired and moved his life from Sea Island, Georgia to Aspen and never looked back. He married the love of his life, Gretchen Bixler, in 1992. They had two children, Rebecca and Victor, who were born and raised in Aspen. He was honest, kind and compassionate. He had a great sense of humor and loved to sing and dance. Elliott, the man who could not go a day without running, biking and swimming, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2015. He had an enthusiasm for life and overflowing gratitude for his family and close friends.

Elliott is survived by his wife, Gretchen, his daughter, Rebecca Rose Robinson and his son, Victor Bixler Robinson. He is also survived by his sister, Nisha Robinson Zenoff (Steve Tennis), and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Elliott donated his body to the John A. Burns School of Medicine at The University of Hawaii for research purposes.

His family is grateful to his many caregivers and St. Francis Hospice who took such loving care of Elliott.

A private gathering for immediate family was held in Hawaii. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Thomas Schultze

Thomas "Pink" Schultze, 74, slipped away on October 18, 2018 from complications related to cancer.

Tom graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento in 1962. He was active with Tioga Ski Club and had a penchant for spark plugs and gasoline at an early age.

He first moved to Aspen with Jim Ford in 1964. Tom then moved back to Sacramento and worked with Simultaneous Avalanche, a light show that worked with many big-name acts in Sacramento and Kings Beach Lake Tahoe including Jimi Hendrix at Sacramento State College in 1968.

He went to Sacramento City College for a short time and was in the Air Force Reserve.

Pink then moved back to Aspen for good, and in Aspen he worked at the Hotel Jerome, delivered milk, worked for a concrete company, owned and operated the Power Wash company, drove snow cats for Powder Tours and had many other jobs to keep him permanently located in Aspen.

He was a proud member of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department (badge #41) and continued to support the fire department throughout the years.

Schultze raced a stock car "The Pink Slug" at the local race track and from then on became known by all as "Pink". Pink was a graduate of Aspen State Teacher's college and became the Professor of Daredevildom. For lodging in Aspen, Pink initially built a small shack somewhere on Smuggler mountain. Knowing this may not be permanent or even semi-permanent he built the shack on skids so he could move it around town as needed.

Eventually Pink found a plot of land at the base of Shadow Mountain and, over time, became the legal owner of his own piece of paradise.

Tom then met Liz Carter in 1989 and they married in 1998 and spent the next 20 years side by side at Elks events, Fire Department events, supporting the Disabled Veterans or on the road seeking desert landscapes and ocean breezes.

Pink is survived by his wife Liz Schultze who remains in their home. He is also survived by brothers Bob (CA) and Rick (OR).

A recognition of Pink's life will be held at noon on November 3rd at the Aspen Fire Station #61.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please consider donating to the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department.

Jack David Gabow

Jack David Gabow, of Brookdale Lowry in Denver, passed at age 95 on October 22, 2018. Jack was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He edited the City University of New York school paper. Jack served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was on a volunteer intelligence-gathering mission behind enemy lines, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Back in New York he founded and ran a successful typography company. An avid scuba diver, he participated in aquatic-life projects with the New York Aquarium, including surveying the coral reefs of Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the first such protected area in the world. Jack retired to Snowmass Village, Colorado in 1974, pursuing lifelong interests in skiing, hiking and biking. He worked to incorporate the Town of Snowmass Village in 1977. He helped found the Aspen Jewish Community Center in 1975, serving it for many years. He was a volunteer in Aspen Mountain Rescue for over ten years, and its President from 1985 to 1988. In later years he took up pole walking and loved introducing others to the sport and its techniques.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Freida. He is survived by Lisa, his loving wife of 75 years, children Hal (Patricia), Bruce (Deborah), and Lori Meredith, brother Sam (Corky), and grandchildren, Tenaya (Scott), Aaron (Tamara), Kyra, and Kalen. Donations can be made to Mountain Rescue Aspen (https://mountainrescueaspen.org/).

Doris Joan Kuhlmann Latousek

Doris Joan Kuhlmann Latousek passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Aspen, CO, on Oct. 21, 2018. Born on Nov. 2, 1932, she was the daughter of Francis George Kuhlmann and Dorothy Stagg Kuhlmann. She grew up in Chicago and Evanston, IL, and attended Marywood Academy and Mundelein College there. She received a full scholarship to Mundelein and majored in art, specializing in fashion drawing. Soon after graduating from college, she married Bob Latousek, the love of her life, on Feb. 12, 1955. They raised eight children together, while he was successful in business, building up the Penray Company with his father and mother. Doris and Bob made many lifelong friends and took advantage of multiple opportunities to travel the world with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), which he was active in. They were always strong supporters of the Catholic schools and churches they attended. When Bob decided to sell the Penray Company in 1985, they began spending more time at their second home in Aspen, CO, and later enjoyed winters in Naples, FL, where Bob passed away on Oct. 11, 2013.

Doris was always active in her life, whether it was chasing small children around the house or later keeping up a regular routine of walking 2-3 miles a day near any of her homes. She was very disheartened when she had to give that up after undergoing hip surgery in 2012. Not long after Bob passed, she left Naples and returned to Aspen full-time, where she was able to enjoy the spectacular mountain views from her deck every day and keep up with her children and grandchildren, both in the area and beyond, when they visited.

Doris is survived by her eight children, Robert Jr. (Brian McCormick); John (Kris); Mary (Roger) Moyer; Ann Latousek Reis; Thomas (Eva Malanowski); James (Kristin); Katherine; and Michael (Denise) Latousek; and thirteen grandchildren: Kate and Bobby Moyer; Jack, Charlie, and Caroline Reis; Leo Latousek; Jessica and Jacquelyn Latousek; Dermott, Margo, and Kelsey McHugh; and Lauren and Taylor Latousek. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce Kuhlmann Rebora, and several nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

The family would like to thank the many wonderful home health aides from Sopris Home Care who have assisted Doris over the last four years, especially Rachel, Christina, Stephanie, and Monica, as well as the amazing nurses from Home Care & Hospice of the Valley. Following cremation, private services will be held for family only in Aspen. In place of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local hospice organization or Home Care & Hospice of the Valley, 1901 Grand Ave. Ste. 206, Glenwood Springs CO 81601. You may visit farnumholtfuneral​home.com for online condolences.

Abbot Joseph M. Boyle

Abbot Joseph M. Boyle, O.C.S.O., of St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colo., died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 21, at the monastery of biliary cancer. He was 77.

Born June 14, 1941, in the Bronx, N.Y., Fr. Joseph graduated from Regis High School in New York City in 1959 and began his monastic vocation at St. Benedict's Monastery the same year, serving for 59 years. Entering the monastery as a postulant, he lived with Fr. Thomas Keating, who was the first superior at the monastery. His oldest brother, Charles was also a member of the monastic community at the time. Fr. Joseph was ordained a priest in 1970 and was elected the second abbot of the monastery in 1985, a position he held until his death.

Fr. Joseph loved the monastery and especially enjoyed hiking in the mountains of Colorado. He was a gentle and loving Father Abbot to the monastic community and a loving and generous pastoral servant to the many retreatants and friends of the monastery. He made major enhancements to the monastery, adding a retreat house in 1995, an infirmary wing and community meeting area in 2000, and the latest environmental project of a solar energy field that will provide clean electricity for many years to come.

Fr. Joseph was a respected and gifted leader in the Cistercian Trappist Order and will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary (McCarthy) Boyle, brothers, Charles Boyle and Fr. Gerald Boyle, and a sister, Joan Costello.

He is survived by his brother-in-law Francis Costello of Berthoud, Colo., sister-in-law, Eleanor Boyle of Syracuse, N.Y., nieces, Monica (John) Costello Mossman, also of Berthoud, Mariclare Suomi of Beverly Hills, Calif., and nephews, Timothy (Katie) Costello of Irvine, Calif., Francis (Bonnie) Costello of Westwood, N.J., Joseph Boyle of New York, N.Y., and Charles (Jennifer) Boyle of Mountain View, Calif., and 11 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

There will be a viewing in the monastery chapel on Friday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 7 p.m., followed by evening Vespers.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the monastery, followed by a procession to the cemetery and burial.

In keeping with the simplicity of our order, the community of St. Benedict's respectfully requests that no flowers be sent.

Warne William Chitty

Warne William Chitty, 34 years old, died October 12, 2018 after a sudden and short illness.

Warne, a born and raised local, grew up in Aspen, Colorado. He graduated from Aspen High School class of 2002 and Kingston University, London, U.K. in 2006 with a B.S. in Mineralogy and Applied Gemology.

He enjoyed fund raising for Iowa Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS) providing free educational programs for children.

Warne loved traveling the world. He was incredibly intelligent and well-read. A charming and handsome man, Warne loved deeply, cared abundantly, and thrived in the high country with his horses and dogs. He had a passion for cooking, loved saltwater fly-fishing and was an avid bird hunter.

Warne will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please contribute to Room to Read — Aspen Valley Chapter, honoring Warne's love of books and reading.