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ANDOVER: Christian L. Kasper passed away at the age of 56 on April 18, 2015, after a brief illness. He leaves as his immediate family, his son, Eli Vollmer of Boxford, Mass.; parents, Judith Shumway and Hirschel Kasper, both of Oberlin, Ohio; and sister, Daivia Kasper, of Norwalk, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Solomon, in 1982 and by his identical twin brother, Daniel, in 1990.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Christian graduated from Oberlin High School (1976) and Oberlin College (1980) as a biology major. He completed further studies in entomology and engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He worked as an entomology researcher at Cornell and later coordinated research on the natural protection of small plants in Princeton, N.J. He maintained an interest and commitment to environmental activism.

His interests and engineering talents led him to a new career as a computer engineer, initially in Pennsylvania and Texas, and later at companies in and around Boston. During that work, Christian produced many patents, including the invention of a device to monitor and control the speed of data flow in data communication networks. He was active in a number of professional organizations, including the IEEE [Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers].

Christian was an athlete and avid soccer player, starting from his time in Scotland, and not only played amateur and semi-professional soccer throughout his adult life, but also offered critical insights in how the game should be played.

Burial was in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin. A memorial service in Andover will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be directed to World Wildlife Fund, Inc, www.worldwildlife.org or Andover Public Memorial Hall Library, www.mhl.org.
Published on  May 26, 2015
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