David E. Gamper ’67 died on September 27, 2011, at his home in Landgrove, Vermont, of dilated cardiomyopathy.
He was born on June 15, 1945, in Findlay, Ohio, and graduated from Irvington (N.Y.) High School. He was president of Masque and Gown, a dean’s list student, and member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He came back to Bowdoin in 1969 to study composition with Prof. Elliott Schwartz and then earned a master’s degree in music from the University of California San Diego in 1973. He worked as a composer, goat farmer, electronic music studio designer, property tax assessor, town energy coordinator, philanthropy advocate, and grant maker for children and youth. He served for 22 years as vice president of the O.P. & W. E. Edwards Foundation, which provides opportunities to low-income, at-risk, undeserved youth and children. He and his wife Gisela, an artist, premiered their visual music ensemble performance, See Hear Now: Visible Music, in 1999, and presented it at Bowdoin in 2000. He also was a member of the Deep Listening Band. He inspired Vermont philanthropy in the arts, the environment, education, and human services with the Vermont Community Foundation, of which he was a founding member in 1986. He was also a board member of the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vt. For seven years; the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Mass.; and the Governor’s institute of Vermont for six years. In 1979, he joined the Board of Directors of Continental Land & Fur Co., Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, and was a board member of Buckeye Stave Co., in Leipsic, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gisela Reichert Gamper; a son, Christopher Gamper; two grandchildren; his mother, Harriet; and a sister, Jo Ann Eder.