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Hauserman memorial is Aug. 5 in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyDick Hauserman

VAIL, Colorado – A memorial service for Dick Hauserman, one of Vail’s original investors and its first resident, will be Aug. 5

The service will be from 4-6 p.m. at Donovan Pavilion in Vail.

As a visionary businessman and investor, Hauserman bought a ranch in Colorado with seven other businessmen in 1959 and co-developed it into a ski resort and town. They named the new ski area Vail, and Hauserman moved there the following year to become a founding member of its eight-man board of directors. He moved into the resort’s first home and built its first commercial structure, the Hauserman Building on Bridge Street, where he created Vail’s first ski shop. He also designed the renowned Vail logo that is still used today.

Hauserman later helped developed the Steamboat Ski Resort and established the largest ski rental company in Colorado, Rec Sports. In 2000, he authored a history book, “The Inventors of Vail.” During his retirement, he also found much joy in creating drawings and exhibited his work in Vail and Palm Beach, Fla.

His wife, Bobba Paul Hauserman, and their five children are hosting the community memorial service in his honor and encourage friends and residents who knew him to attend. For those planning to attend, contact Suzanne Grossberg by July 30 at 914-248-0568 or

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