Gen. Schwarzkopf ‘proud’ of his time spent in Telluride

Posted on: 11:26 am, December 28, 2012, by , updated on: 12:45pm, December 28, 2012

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded coalition forces during the Gulf War, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, a U.S. official said. He was 78. (Photo: CNN)

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded coalition forces during the Gulf War, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, a U.S. official said. He was 78. (Photo: CNN)

TELLURIDE, Colo. — The town of Telluride has lost one of its own charitable citizens with the death of retired General Norman Schwarzkopf.

After Schwarzkopf’s extensive and highly-respected contributions to the U.S. Army, Schwarzkopf retired with a home in Telluride on Bridge Lane in the Ski Ranches subdivision on Turkey Creek Mesa, according to public records.

Though Schwarzkopf lived in Tampa, Fla. until his death, he purchased his Telluride home in February 1995 and was one of the many celebrities to enjoy the diverse outdoor attractions the town has to offer.

He served as a Founding Co-Chairman of the Telluride Foundation created in 2000. On the front page of the website, Schwarzkopf is quoted:

“I am involved in many charities throughout the country and I am especially proud of my association with the Telluride Foundation. Telluride is unique for its unparalleled beauty and preserved historic western heritage as well as the strong sense of community experienced by residents and guests. The Telluride Foundation supports and enriches the people and organizations that represent this wonderful place.”

Schwarzkopf helped found the organization with Ron Allred, who was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame in 2011 for his contributions to boost the economy in Telluride when it began to collapse in 1978.

Schwarzkopf also cut the ribbon for the opening of Telluride Ski Resort’s 733-acre Prospect Bowl in 2002, which nearly doubled the size of open terrain on the mountain.

Aside from his recognized work in Telluride, Schwarzkopf was known for giving generous time to multiple other organizations, many of which focused on cancer awareness.

He spent a great deal of time promoting prostate cancer awareness after he was diagnosed in 1993. He won that particular bout with cancer, and he continued to pursue the fight to conquer the disease by making various contributions to campaigns and organizations.

Schwarzkopf published an article in “Coping with Cancer Magazine” in 1998, stating “most people associate me with Operation Dessert Storm … but I’m alive today because I won my other battle – the one with prostate cancer.”

Though nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman” during his military years, Schwarzkopf is being remembered as a kind generous man by many, including his neighbors in Telluride.