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Remembering Albert Schweitzer

Dear Editor:

The presence of Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Aspen during the first week of July 1949 was significant. He was the keynote speaker for the Goethe Bicentennial Convocation, which essentially launched the Aspen Music Festival, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies and foundational values for the rejuvenated Aspen, Colorado.

These initial values which gave new life to Aspen were clearly delineated as a place where body, mind and spirit may abound in a new sense of community. Aspen was chosen deliberately by Walter Paepcke and so too was Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

Schweitzer embodied and exemplified body, mind and spirit. He was a physician, philosopher and minister. He was a renaissance humanitarian. His only visit to the United States was because of his invitation to Aspen. Schweitzer, Aspen, body, mind and spirit have a history and synergy. It would be good for all of us in Aspen to remember this.

The Aspen Chapel is providing three events this summer to preserve Schweitzer’s influence in Aspen. On July 11 at 9:30 a.m. is a worship service at the Chapel featuring Dr. Lachlan Forrow, the president of the Schweitzer Fellowship, and Dr. Christiane Engel, the granddaughter of Albert Schweitzer. On July 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. is a seminar on “The Reverence for Life and the Reverence for Death” by Dr. Lachlan Forrow, who is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. On July 12 at 7 p.m. is a concert by Dr. Christiane Engel, who will be playing works of Beethoven, Bach and Mozart along with the Chimeng Quartet and Sybarite5 Quintet.

Everyone is invited to remember Albert Schweitzer and the renovated origins of Aspen.

Gregg Anderson

Aspen Chapel


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