The heartbreaking loss in 2008 of Caroline Feuerbach Lofgren and her husband and children, friends or family to many in the community, now has a few little silver linings. Her sister, Maria Feuerbach Dempsey is establishing a scholarship in memory of Caroline at Mamaroneck High School, and the extended family is making the country aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and influencing legislation.
Caroline and her family died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a house they rented in Aspen over Thanksgiving 2008. Caroline, her husband Parker Lofgren and their two children, Sophie, 8, and Owen, 10, were found inside the home by other guests they were meeting. Three people were later indicted for criminally negligent homicide.
The extended family has campaigned nationwide to strengthen laws protecting people from in-home carbon monoxide poisoning and raising awareness of its dangers. More information about the initiative can be found on its website.
Caroline was a 1984 graduate of Mamaroneck High School. Her father, Frederick Feuerbach, was a prominent pediatrician in Larchmont for 40 years until his retirement in 2000. Her late mother, Mary Jane Feuerbach, was a Larchmont Village Trustee and was a partner in an antique store in town, Pastimes. Caroline was one of the couple’s six children. Fred Feuerbach, Jr. and his wife Renee also live in Larchmont.
The scholarship will be awarded for the first time at the annual Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund Awards Ceremony on Monday June 13, 2011 at 7:30PM in the PACE Auditorium at MHS. According to the family, “The Caroline Feuerbach Lofgren Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduating senior at Mamaroneck High School based on financial need to assist with the recipient’s first two years of college. The financial aid will be given to a student who embodies the characteristics that Caroline demonstrated in her everyday life – enthusiasm, deep care for others, generosity, intelligence, a sense of fun and adventure, and eternal optimism.” More information on the Student Aid Fund