Deceased January 31, 2015
Christopher J. Aeschlimann, who led a richly varied life here and in England, died Jan. 31, 2015.
Chris was born in Basel, Switzerland, where his father, a British national, worked for a pharmaceutical company. With the outbreak of World War II, the family moved to the United States, settling in Montclair, N.J., Chris’ home when he was at Hotchkiss School and Amherst. On campus, Chris was a member of Phi Alpha Psi and vice president of the Outing Club. He majored in chemistry and biology.
After college graduation, Chris joined the U.S. Coast Guard, became an officer, served on patrol ships and spent a year in charge of a LORAN (long-range navigation) station on remote Baffin Island within the Arctic Circle.
Columbia Law School followed. With degree in hand, Chris practiced patent law in New York City until he retired in 1973 to go to England to help take care of his aging parents, who had bought a place in Cheltenham. With the death of his parents, Chris moved into a wing of the home of his sister’s family in Northwick Park, becoming, in his words, the “bachelor uncle.”
He continued to be active, with involvement in an antiquarian book-selling business, charity work, prison-visiting, service in the Coast Guard Reserve as a lecturer and summer tours as a watch officer in a sail training program on the schooner Sir Winston Churchill.
His sister, Anne Adye, reports that, about four years ago, Chris was diagnosed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. More recently, he became forgetful but continued to enjoy his surroundings nevertheless. Shortly after the new year, he suffered a fall and lost ground quickly after that, his sister said.
She summed up her brother: “We shall miss him, as he was always ready to help anybody with anything they needed.”
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