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Final Tribute: Alfred Pepping

Betsy Pepping

By Karla Ortiz

On Saturday, October 7, a final tribute was paid to Alfred Pepping, III, a dear friend and benefactor of the public library. The tribute was held at the Santa Ana Theater, which received Pepping’s unconditional support during its opening, for the installation of the first projector, and for the opera video projections that he supervised for years so that the audience could enjoy the best experience in terms of image and sound quality.

Alfred Pepping passed away on September 14 at the age of 84, leaving behind a large and loving family: children, grandchildren, and brothers-in-law, as well as his many friends at the library.

Pepping was remembered with anecdotes and experiences recounted by members of the library and relatives; stories of the Santa Ana Theater, the Tesoros shop, and the board of directors were shared. After the words from library personnel, a short presentation was shown with photos of Pepping and his children. Several of his family members were encouraged to talk about Pepping’s most memorable moments, including the love he had for the library and the time he spent with it, as well as the memory of one of his youngest grandchildren, who described one of his first impressions of his grandfather. He came to visit San Miguel and saw Pepping in a room, surrounded by loudspeakers through which he could hear his operas fully. The grandson perfectly remembered his grandfather as a perfectionist with the sound of music.

At the end of the homage, an announcement was made about the public library’s project to put a plaque inscribed with the name of Alfred Pepping at the entrance of the Teatro Santa Ana, so that friends and acquaintances will continue to appreciate the love that Alfred dedicated to his second home, the library, where his friends will always be.


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