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CASPARIUS, Rudolfo (1921-2017)
Rodolfo was a Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management lecturer and the executive director for the Latin American Management Programs for more than 30 years.
It has been many years since a young man, born to a German father and a Mexican mother in Mexico City, became an icon in the industry. After his time in Cuba, where he started as a dishwasher, and advanced to assistent to the vice president of the Havana Hilton, his career continued with great success.
He opened 27 hotels and managed many others, among them the Presidente Chapultepec in Mexico City, the Camino Real chain, an afíliate of Western International Hotels, including Camino Real Cancun, for which he acquired the first parcels of land. At that time, only 156 people lived in the área, nowadays the population has grown to more than one million.
Rodolfo was active until his last days, writing a weekly column for 34 years for the Mexican newspaper La Opinión.
The City of Houston proclaimed July 1 Rodolfo Casparius Day.
MCKIBBIN, Bruce HuntoonBorn (1932-2015) on January 24, 1932 to Helen and William McKibbin, Bruce fell while gardening and died peacefully on June 14, 2015. Bruce spent his formative years in the Pacific Northwest, went to 13 schools in 12 years, graduated from Renton High School in 1949, and the University of Washington in 1955. He entered the US Army and felt fortunate to serve in Germany for two years. After the Army he held several jobs, the longest being with Westin Hotels, which allowed him to travel the world. He married Marlies (Marlee) Meier in 1962 in Denver, Co, and moved back to the Seattle area in 1967. Bruce and Marlee joined the Seattle Yacht Club, spent much of their vacation time sailing in the San Juan Islands, and Bruce became very active at the club and served on many committees. In 2004, he became a docent at the Museum of Flight and was very dedicated to educating people about the history of flight and space exploration. Bruce enjoyed mountain climbing, skiing, sailing, and being with his granddaughters. Many of Bruce's happiest memories were of the people he met and interacted with throughout his life.
Bruce leaves behind his wife, Marlee, son Tom, son Bill and daughter-in-law Kim, and two precious granddaughters, Erin (13) and Libby (10). He will be missed.
Memorial to be held at Seattle Yacht Club June 28 from 2 - 4 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Seattle Yacht Club Foundation, or Museum of Flight.