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Letter: Klanderud was a selfless servant

Klanderud was a selfless servant

I was very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of former Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud. She was a true public servant, an intelligent and hardworking member of the Aspen community, and a good friend.

As mayor she introduced many important initiatives and had many great new ideas. I had the pleasure of serving with Helen on the Aspen City Council for two years, and while I am not convinced it was always a pleasure for her, she was always an effective leader, a caring member of the Aspen City Council, and always personally kind to me (even when she may have found me insufferable).

My sympathies go out to Helen’s family as well. She was a great friend to everyone, a selfless volunteer, a tremendous community leader, and a person who really cared about Aspen and the people who live there.

It is unnecessary to list the many, many organizations Helen supported and worked for and the numerous public offices she held, but as Muhammad Ali once said, “The service you do for others is the rent you pay for the time you spend on earth.” Helen’s rent was paid in full and I think we may all owe her a refund.

Tony Hershey

Glenwood Springs

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