Joan C. Fitzpatrick |

Joan C. Fitzpatrick

Joan C. Fitzpatrick, 76, died on Nov. 15, 2006, of a cerebral hemorrhage.She was born Feb. 5, 1930, on a small farm outside of Columbus, Wis.

Joan was an excellent student and completed high school at age 16. Self-taught in secretarial skills, she moved to Milwaukee, where she worked for William G. Brumder, the president of the First Wisconsin National Bank.Joan first came to Aspen in the early 1950s with the Brumder family and moved to Aspen permanently in 1956. She worked at the Aspen Institute, and was secretary and office manager for Dr. Alvin C. Eurich, president of the institute, from 1963-67. She continued her work for the institute with President William Stevenson from 1967-69. John Doremus also employed her in his house-care business for three years until 1969.In the 1970s and 1980s, she had her own secretarial business working for Fritz Benedict, Herbert Bayer, Franz Berko and Harald Pabst, as well as others prominent in Aspen’s early cultural history. She also provided professional secretarial services for Elizabeth Paepcke, Patricia Moore, Henry Stein, Merrill Ford, Joan Metcalf, Marge Stein, Ellen Kohner Hunt and Gail Cottingham Koch.

In the 1980s, through a grant from John Stern, she worked part time at ACES, helping maintain membership roles. She was also an active member of the Friends of Aspen Winter Concerts, which brought classical music to Aspen during the winter seasons.Joan was an avid reader, giving away favorite books to her friends. Joan loved Ireland and all things Irish, matched by her love of corgis, music, storytelling, picnics, cooking, gift-giving, quotes, calligraphy, art classes, drawing, quilting and being a good friend. Joan’s commitment to the tenderness of the human heart was expressed through her many friendships. Her friends and family will truly miss her.Joan’s parents, Catherine A. and Christopher E. Fitzpatrick, and a brother, John Fitzpatrick, preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother, W.E. Fitzpatrick, and his wife, Jeanne, of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Peggy, and her husband, Bob Phelps, of Brunswick, Ohio; five nephews, two great-grandnephews and a great-grandniece.

At Joan’s request, her body was donated to medical science.A memorial service for her will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at St. Mary Church in Aspen with a reception following at the church.The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to St. Mary Church or a charity of your choice.

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