Age 48, of East Liberty, died unexpectedly on October 24, 2005 at Allegheny General Hospital. He was President and CEO of John Kasper Engineering, Inc. and a former Senior Project Management Engineer of the Department of Engineering at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. While at the PWSA, John oversaw the design and construction of the Membrane Filtration Plant in Highland Park, which allowed Highland Reservoir #1 to remain available for recreational use in the park while providing safe, clean drinking water for the city of Pittsburgh. For this achievement he received an Award of Merit from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and a Historic Preservation Award from the city of Pittsburgh and the Historic Review Commission. A 1975 graduate of Marysville High School in Ohio, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the wrestling team, John earned his Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. John was a co-founder and past Board member of the Kentucky Avenue School located in Shadyside, where he used his carpentry and project management skills to make major renovations to the school facilities. A long-time member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international medieval and renaissance re-enactment group, he was recognized with the organization's highest service award for his work as an officer, cook, carpenter and event organizer. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen, and sons Kenneth and Robert, all of Pittsburgh; parents Harvey and Christine (Scheiderer) Kasper of Marysville, Ohio; sister and brother-in-law Mary and Randy Miller and their children Christopher, Benjamin and Amanda Lake, and his aunt, Lucia Smith, all also from Marysville; father- and mother-in-law Charles and Marina Trommer of Hilo, Hawaii, and many good friends. Visitation is from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Thursday at the MCCABE BROS., INC., FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. A subsequent visitation will be held at the Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 Fifth Ave., Shadyside on Friday from 12 noon until time of Service at 1PM. Interment in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Marysville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Kentucky Avenue School, 5701 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Oct. 27, 2005