David E. GamperOctober 15,2011
David E. GamperDavid E. Gamper
LANDGROVE — David Edwards Gamper, 66, of New York, N.Y., and Landgrove, Vt., died on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at his home in Landgrove due to dilated cardiomyopathy. Born on June 15, 1945, in Findlay, Ohio, he attended Irvington High School (N.Y.) ’63, Bowdoin College ’67 and UC San Diego ’73. Gisela Reichert and David were married in 1968 in South Woodstock, Vt. David leaves a legacy of innovation and imagination, which impacted the world of music, the arts and philanthropy.
David’s music was an intriguing combination of minimalist patterning and deep listening practices. It reached its highest sophistication and beauty in his collaborations with his visual artist wife Gisela in their “See Hear Now” visual music ensemble performances. He was an integral part of the Deep Listening Band from 1990 on. The recent, soon-to-be-released DLB recordings David made with Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster capture him at a monumental and spectacular time and place.
David had a big heart, a deep love for Vermont and an abiding interest in children and families. He was a founding member of the Vermont Community Foundation in 1986, serving on its board for three years, and inspired Vermont philanthropy in the arts, the environment, education and human services. In further support of youth, David was a board member of the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vt., for seven years; the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Mass., for one year; and the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont for six years.
Following the untimely death of his father, Charles Gamper, in 1979, David served for 22 years as president of the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation, which supports organizations that help provide a bridge to a life of greater opportunity to low-income, at-risk, underserved youth and children. He remained an invaluable member of the board until his final day.
In 1979 David also joined the Board of Directors of Continental Land & Fur Co., Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas. He diligently and wisely served the company with unwavering sensitivity to the company’s longstanding heritage and understanding of its primary mission. His intelligence, sense of good will, respect for others and dry humor made a lasting impression on all who served with him. In addition, he was board chairman of Buckeye Stave Co., in Leipsic, Ohio, for a year and remained a board member.
In a humble and caring way, David inspired his family and friends with his generosity and celebration of life. He will be deeply missed by his wife Gisela, son Christopher, daughter-in-law Yogeeta, grandchildren Maya and Jackson, mother Harriet, sister Jo Ann Eder, brother-in-law Bert Eder, nephew Mark Eder and family, and a dedicated network of friends and colleagues.
Contributions in David’s honor may be made to the Vermont Community Foundation, P.O. Box 30, Middlebury, VT 05753. A memorial concert will be held in New York City in the spring of 2012.
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