Aspen resident Donald G. Drapkin passes away after Snowmass ski fall last week
February 24, 2016
A prominent Aspen resident has died Monday after a weeklong hospitalization from a ski fall on Snowmass Mountain.
Donald G. Drapkin, who sits on the board of Theater Aspen and the Aspen Music Festival and School and has been a generous donor over the years to organizations such as the Buddy Program, The Aspen Institute and the Aspen Music Fesitival and School, was skiing with his son and a ski instructor Feb. 15 when he had a seemingly minor fall, said his partner Sue Hostetler, a longtime board member at Anderson Ranch and an Aspen Country Day School board member.
He fell down from a standing position and hit his head, and then later became dizzy and nauseous. He was later airlifted to a Denver hospital, where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
A Bloomberg Business profile of Drapkin lists him as a chairman, founder and principal partner at Casablanca Capital LP, a New York-based hedge fund. He also worked with Ronald Perlman at McAndrews and Forbes for a significant part of his career.