Facility renaming to honor ‘Whit’
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” In a ceremony set for Friday, July 6, the Castle Creek Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Aspen will officially be renamed Whitcomb Terrace in honor of the late Dr. Harold Whitcomb.
A public reception begins at 4 p.m. at the facility; the official dedication will follow.
Fondly referred to as “Whit,” Dr. Whitcomb arrived in Aspen in 1959 and quickly settled into the local lifestyle and medical community. He was an active member of the Aspen Valley Hospital medical staff for the next 40 years.
During his tenure at AVH, Whit was elected to the board of directors three times, serving a total of 12 years. He is remembered as the first physician in the valley to practice holistic medicine, combining traditional and alternative approaches to healing, attracting patients from throughout the valley and beyond.
In the late 1980s, Whitcomb became the central proponent of a plan to create an assisted living facility, after witnessing the departure of many beloved old-timers. His goal was to provide an environment that would allow the elderly to remain in the valley after they had retired, and he led the charge for approvals from Pitkin County and funding through the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation.
With many lingering questions still surrounding the fate of Aspen’s historic Old Powerhouse, City Council decided during Monday’s work session to hold off on providing staff direction on moving the preservation project forward until more information can be presented.