Lucinda Kasperson 1928-2018

Posted: 3 July 2018

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of one of our most faithful Scouters, Lucinda Kasperson, who died peacefully at Glenbrook Hospital yesterday afternoon. Lucinda’s death is an inestimable loss to Scouting in Lake and northern Cook County. She and her husband, Richard “Dick” Kasperson, represent one of the largest contributing donor families in Northeast Illinois Council history.

Lucinda’s husband Dick, who preceded her in death in 2017, became involved in Scouting after serving in the US Navy and a successful law career.  He began by helping his troop’s committee and eventually received both the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Awards, two of Scouting’s highest service distinctions. Through Dick’s service to Scouting, the entire Kasperson family became involved: their two sons, David and Ernest, are both Eagle Scouts, and Lucinda and Dick began a tradition of planned giving. In 1998, they set up the largest planned gift in the council’s history, and have encouraged others to consider similar gifts in their estate plans throughout the past 30 years. Annually, the Kaspersons organized a Heritage Society trip for like-minded supporters of the council to share in fellowship and celebrate their love of Scouting. Our newly-opened service center in Vernon Hills is aptly named the Kasperson Center for Scouting to commemorate their generosity. The NEIC had the honor of Lucinda’s attendance at the dedication of our new home on June 2nd where she cut the ribbon, ushering in a new era of elevated service to Scouts and families.

Outside of her love for Scouting, Lucinda embodied the Scouting ideals of service and active citizenship throughout her entire life. Her drive and passion for public service were evident in her many careers—researcher, economist, college professor, IT consultant, and an international banker, to name a few—and in her many philanthropic endeavors, both stateside and abroad. Additionally, she served on the Northbrook Village Board for 18 years and as Village President for four, was a major organizer and contributor to the Northfield Township Republicans, and was an active Rotarian in the Northbrook Rotary. Just two weeks before her passing, Lucinda was presented with the Cliff Dotcherman Award for Service to Scouting, which celebrates those who serve both Scouting and Rotary while fostering the partnership between the two service organizations. Lucinda was deeply touched by the award, showcasing it on the wall of her assisted living facility and explaining its significance to her many visitors.

Lucinda’s absence will be felt deeply by her many family, friends, and colleagues spread out over her vast interests and endeavors, but what is already felt more tangibly is her impact. Her serving spirit not only touched countless lives, but will continue to allow the NEIC to touch the lives of future youth, families, and volunteers who will someday call this Scouting community home. It is said that one only truly dies the last time that their name is spoken, and the Kasperson name will be spoken frequently, with gratitude and honor, for an age to come. We are sure the same will be true within the other organizations she served. Thank you, Lucinda, for your lifetime of cheerful service above self, and may you now rest peacefully together with your beloved husband.

In lieu of funeral services, a celebration of Lucinda’s life will be held at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois on Labor Day weekend.  We will share details when available.


Photo credit: Dave Shepperd, NEIC Heritage Society trip to The Summit, 2014 – Lucinda and Dick both loved the zip-line experience.

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