Julian W. Vogt | PostIndependent.com

Julian W. Vogt

Julian passed away peacefully from natural causes at his home in Glenwood Springs last week.

Julian was born in San Diego to John Henry Leon and Eva Julian Vogt in April 1911. He grew up on an apple farm in the nearby town of Julian with his 3 sisters Lucy, Dottie and Melusina, and his 2 brothers Fred and Jack. He graduated from San Diego High School and went on to college in San Diego, Tucson, Boulder, and Berkeley where he graduated in 1941 with degrees in English and Biology. While in college and during the Depression, he held various jobs including ranger-naturalist at Zion and Bryce National Parks.

In 1942 Julian got a fellowship in international relations to study the national parks of South America and traveled to Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. In 1943 he went to work for the Cultural Section of the American Embassy in Paraguay. He volunteered for the U.S. armed services but was unable to serve due to medical conditions.

In 1945 he traveled to Washington, DC and after a semester of graduate work joined the UN Mission to Byelorussia, where he served until 1947. During this time he made duty trips around Byelorussia, and to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Ukraine. After his UN duty, he went to Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France, looking for more work with the UN.

In Geneva in 1947, he met his future wife, Anna Rudin. A year later they were married in Geneva and Rapperswil, Switzerland, and then they moved to Germany for 3 years to direct cultural centers for the U.S. Army and State Department. Their two sons, Carl and Michael were born during this time.

In 1951 Julian and Anne returned to Washington, DC where Julian worked as a foreign affairs specialist and in 1956 the family spent 4 years in Spain, where they traveled widely and made enduring friendships. From Spain, they moved back to Virginia.

In 1971 Julian retired and they moved to Glenwood Springs to be in the mountains, close to nature and cultural activities. Julian took classes at CMC, worked with the Ski Patrol for 8 winters and taught skiing at Sunlight Mountain until 1995. He also served the City of Glenwood working on debris mitigation and on trying to get a bypass.

After retirement, Julian and Anne continued to travel both in the U.S. and abroad. They went every three years to Europe, primarily Switzerland, for extended stays of 6 months to a year. Julian took advantage of these trips to improve his learning of the languages and cultures of Europe, studying both in Austria and Switzerland.

In 1989 Julian took up snowboarding which he continued into his 100’s. Julian also enjoyed hiking, ice skating, rollerblading, bicycling, downhill and cross-country skiing, swimming, and yard work. With his engaging personality, Julian will be missed by all the friends he made at the Hot Springs pool, at Sunlight, at VVH and in and around Glenwood. He never shied away from a conversation with a stranger and liked to practice his foreign language skills with all the travelers that frequent Glenwood. He enjoyed the arts, especially classical and folk music of various countries. And he especially loved any kind of dancing including square dancing, ballroom dancing and folk dancing.

After Anne’s death in 2011, Julian enjoyed some close friendships which helped him continue his active and independent lifestyle. A special thanks to those friends.

Julian is survived by his sons Carl (Kathy) and Michael of Glenwood, by his 4 grandchildren Vincent Vogt of Wisconsin and Danielle Keplar (Justin) of Minnesota, Larissa Riggin (Sean) of New Jersey and Jeffrey Vogt (Samantha) of Maryland, and by 3 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Julian’s life will be held at The Rivers Restaurant in Glenwood from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th. Contributions can be made to a local organization that supports music or dance, or in Julian’s name to the charity of your choice.

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