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Losing part of Aspen’s soul

Dear Editor:The soul of a town is not defined by the angle of the road leading into it, or by the median house price, or by the fancy stores which line its streets. The soul of a town is defined by the people who live in it.Aspen lost a little bit of its soul last week with the passing of Katharine Thalberg.I first met Katharine and Bill years ago when I moved to Aspen and rented an apartment through Bill. Katharine owned the unit next door, which she used as employee housing for Explore Booksellers. Even though Katharine was an intensely private person, she was part of the fabric of my Aspen. I could always count on seeing her on my regular trips to Explore Booksellers (my decision to move to Aspen was sealed when I discovered that the town had a bookstore like Explore), or out walking their dogs with Bill during the quietest days of the offseason, or at the incredibly nutty tenants and owners’ meetings in our apartment house.Aspen will not be quite the same without Katharine. But it is a better town for having had her as part of its soul. She will be greatly missed by our family.Scott MartinAspen

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