Alexander Garrett Kaspar |

Alexander Garrett Kaspar

Alexander Garrett Kaspar passed away recently at his home in Chicago.

Zander, as he was known to his friends, was born in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 19, 1931. He grew up in a musical family of pianists, from whence his love of classical music led him to eventually become a patron of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He served that organiza­tion as a trustee in the 1980s.

His high school years were spent at the Capitol Page School, which he attended as a result of his appointment as page to U.S. Congressman Luther Johnson, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who represented his grandparents’ district in Corsi­cana, Texas. He attended George Washing­ton University and later served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He moved to Texas, where he worked for Herbert Hunt of the Hunt Oil Co. and later became an independent oil oper­ator in Midland, Texas.

Those years brought him great enjoyment of his vocation where he made many friends in the oil and gas industry.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Zander became a part-time resi­dent of Aspen, Colo.

Little by little, he began to spend more time in the mountains until he retired here. His ashes will be spread on Aspen Mountain at a gathering of friends this summer. In recent years, Zander and Melanie divided their time between Chicago and Rancho Mirage, Calif. He is sur­vived by his wife, Melanie, broth­ers Henry and Joe Kaspar, sister Dreda Mirkes, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

His parents, Henry R. and Ethel Garrett Kaspar, preceded him in death.

Remembrances may be made in his name to the Aspen Music Festival and School, 2 Music School Road, Aspen, CO 81611.

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