Celebrating the impact and life of Dr. John Casper, a hero to many students in Bridgeport

By Daniel Trust

May 11, 2022

Since immigrating to the United States 17 years ago, I have had the honor of being friends with many amazing people who are kind and generous. Dr. John Casper was one of them.

When I heard that Dr. Casper passed away after a short intense fight with stomach cancer, it broke my heart. He was such an awesome human being.

I met Dr. Casper when I was a teenager. He was my Chemistry teacher and volleyball coach at Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Dr. Casper is one of the best teachers I have ever had and his way of teaching made me love science. He took his teaching very seriously like a college professor and truly believed in his students. Dr. Casper respected all his students and empowered them to achieve their goals and dreams.

I will never forget how Dr. Casper always stayed after school to tutor students who were struggling in his classes. He always did everything in his power to support and help them.

Having Dr. Casper as my volleyball coach was truly an honor. I am grateful that he saw my potential and leadership skills and gave me the opportunity to serve as team captain. Dr. Casper was a great coach who always wanted to see his team win and be champions.

As a student at Bassick High School, I would go to BJ’s in Fairfield, Connecticut to buy boxes of candy and chocolate at a discounted price and then sell them at a higher price to students and teachers. Dr. Casper was one of my biggest customer. He always bought candy from me.

After high school, I continued to keep in touch with Dr. Casper while attending Southern Connecticut State University. At Southern, I started a clothing brand called D-Trust and Dr. Casper was again a loyal customer. He bought many of my T-shirt designs.

When I purchased my house after graduating from college and moved back to Bridgeport, Dr. Casper invited me to coach the girls and boys volleyball teams with him. It was truly an honor to coach alongside a hero who has made a big difference in the lives of so many young people.

I had the honor of showing Dr. Casper my appreciation and how much he meant to me in 2014 when Daniel Trust Foundation honored him with The Kathy Silver Award. Emperatriz Mendoza, an alumna of our programs also honored him with the same award 4 years later.

Dr. Casper was also one of our biggest supporters and donors at Daniel Trust Foundation. As a member of our Monthly Giving Program, he always attended our events and volunteered his talent and time to tutor students in our programs.

It touched my heart when Lauren O’Keefe, Dr. Casper’s daughter shared with me that in lieu of flowers, the family will be inviting people to donate to Daniel Trust Foundation in honor of her father.

Dr. Casper obtained his PhD in Chemistry from University of South Carolina and taught for 20 years at Bassick High School as a science teacher prior to his retirement in 2020. He previously worked for IBM and was an adjunct professor at Housatonic Community College.

I will miss my conversions with Dr. Casper and seeing him at my Foundation's events, but he will forever have a special place in my heart. May his soul rest in peace. To read Dr. Casper’s obituary, please click here.

Daniel Trust is a global social entrepreneur and philanthropist. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of Daniel Trust Foundation, an award-winning nonprofit organization that supports young people in the United States and Rwanda. You can catch Daniel's two part interview on News 12 Connecticut's TV show OUR LIVES this Saturday and Sunday afternoon, May 14 and May 15, 2022 during the newscasts.

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