Timothy L. Kasten

September 18, 1952 - November 27, 2017

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Timothy L. Kasten, 65, of Middlesex, VT, died on Nov. 27, 2017, at University of Vermont Medical Center. Tim was born on Sept. 18, 1952, in Mount Kisco, NY, to Elizabeth “Anne” (Wyman) and Frederick H.O. Kasten. He will be remembered by his daughter, Zoe R. Kasten and her husband, Aaron Pope; companion/coparent, Annie Greensfelder; brother Christopher “Kit” Kasten, his wife, Vickie, and their son; god-son; and too many other special people to be named here. Tim grew up in Chappaqua, NY, and was the youngest of four brothers. He attained “Order of the Arrow,” spent summers in ME, and attended Horace Greeley High School. Tim then attended Yale University but soon dropped out due to frustration with the pressure to succeed academically. Tim’s extensive travel began after high school graduation, when he embarked on a wild cross-country drive and Hawaiian adventure with childhood friends. He later hitchhiked through Mexico and Central America to Colombia with his brother, Hans. In 1986, he circled the globe, visiting Thailand, India, Nepal, New Zealand, China, and taking the Trans-Siberian Railway. In a letter to Annie, written because he thought he might die, he said, “I don’t know what I’m doing going around the world, I’m really quite scared. I thought I might integrate all of my thoughts on life and death by putting myself in jeopardy, but so far the enigma remains unsolved.” Tim first met Annie in the early-1970s at a Transcendental Meditation course in Belgium. They were married, briefly, in 1978. After graduating from MIU, Tim moved to Burlington, VT, to earn his master’s degree in Physics from UVM. He lived in Winooski for several years, while teaching at Saint Michael’s College. Annie and Tim reunited in 1990 and welcomed their daughter, Zoe Redleaf, the light of his life, into the world the following year. Tim then taught physics and calculus at Montpelier High School. He retired in the mid-2000s to focus on his Buddhist practice and his battle with prostate cancer but continued to tutor students who benefitted from his alternative perspective on math and physics. A sense of community developed around Tim’s daily walking routine and Mabel became his canine pal. He continued traveling and deepening his Buddhist practice despite his doubts and analytical nature. Tim contemplated his own impermanence for several decades; his Buddhist practice led him to prepare for dying, and at the end, he approached death with calm equanimity. His final words to Zoe, Aaron, and Annie were of love, tenderness, humor and acceptance of the inevitable.

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