Obituary- Jospeh Kruth |

Obituary- Jospeh Kruth

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Saturday, June 30 for Joseph Kruth, who died peacefully June 17, 2001, at his Cave Rock residence after a courageous four-year battle with cancer. He was 54.

A 15-year resident of Lake Tahoe Mr. Kruth founded and served as chair of the Tahoe Center for a Sustainable Future, a think tank designed to define community needs through environmental education and technology programs. He was active with the World Future Society and recently organized an international three-day conference at Sierra Nevada College, “The Second Tahoe Gathering: Thriving in the 21st Century.”

Mr. Kruth received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Southern California and a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of California, Los Angeles law school. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1977. His projects took him all over the world with a focus in Hong Kong and Russia. The spectrum of his work included high rise real estate development, merchant banking, aerospace, strategic planning on energy and pollution control issues and culminated in the founding of Arete Inc.

He was a member of the leadership council and board of directors of the Tahoe-Truckee Regional Economic Coalition; member of the advisory committee to the California Resources Agency; member of the Environmental Indicators Working Group led by the World Resources Institute and together with Andrew Cohill co-authored “Pathways to Sustainability: The Age of Transformation.”

Compassionate and loving, he was a loving father and touched the lives of all he met. He was committed to enhancing the future and making a difference at Lake Tahoe as well as around the world. The world will be less without him, but much richer because of his generosity, love of life and profound wisdom. He was a dear friend, father, lover and mentor.

Survivors include his 6-year-old son, Daniel Parker; two brothers; partner, Elaine Casteleyn; and innumerable friends.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at 1820 U.S. Highway 50, Glenbrook. For directions call (775) 588-6123 or (775) 749-5974.

Remembrances may be made to the Tahoe Center for a Sustainable Future, P.O. Box 32, Glenbrook, NV 89413.

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