Nitze gets national honorsfor career of public service
Paul H. Nitze, a foreign policy expert with important ties to Aspen, is receiving national honors. Nitze died earlier this week at the age of 97.Nitze’s funeral service is planned for tomorrow at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In addition, the secretary of the Navy said all U.S. Navy ships and installations around the world will fly their flags at half-mast through the weekend in Nitze’s honor, according to his son, William.The Navy already planned to commission the USS Nitze, a destroyer, in March 2005. Nitze witnessed the warship being christened earlier this year.William Nitze said his family is concentrating on the service and burial this weekend but intends to hold at least one other memorial service at a later date. It is possible that a service will be held in Aspen, he said.Paul Nitze was the largest individual shareholder in the Aspen Skiing Corp. when the company was incorporated in 1946. He invested $75,000 in the company founded by his brother-in-law, Walter Paepcke.Paepcke was the chairman of the board until his death. Nitze succeeded Paepcke and held the position until the company was sold to Twentieth Century Fox in 1978, said DRC Brown, another original investor as well as a member of the Ski Corp.’s board of directors and the company’s longtime general manager.”He kept a low profile. When he had a suggestion to make, it was usually a good one and we listened to it,” Brown said of Nitze.The elder Nitze died Tuesday night in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. He took a ski trip to Aspen every year that he could until the altitude started taking a toll on his health about15 years ago, William recalled.While Nitze played a quiet role in the development of the Aspen Skiing Corp. and resurrection of the old mining town, he was a giant in U.S. foreign policy. He was a senior arms control adviser in the Reagan administration, and he advised eight presidents on foreign policy and arms issues starting in 1940. He helped frame the Cold War policy of Soviet containment by a strong U.S. military.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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