Obituaries

Julie Margaret Van Sciver

Miss Julie Margaret “Meg” Van Sciver of Silverthorne and Golden, CO, died on Sunday, May 12, 2013, after she fell while paragliding over Lookout Mountain in Colorado.



Born on March 1, 1974, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Van Sciver III (Carol M. McLuckie) of Philadelphia. Her father was formerly president of the eponymous furniture company founded in 1881 by his antecedent Joseph Bishop Van Sciver in Camden, NJ. 

Meg was a graduate of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia and received her BSME at Lehigh (1996) and ME and MBA degrees (2005 and 2011) at the University of Colorado. Committed to giving back through non-profit organizations, she served with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, later worked with Engineers Without Borders in Rwanda for two summers, and more recently began an association with Africa Aid. She worked in fiber-optics and telecom businesses before starting her own firm, Vanland Real Estate and Investments, LLC, in Jefferson County, CO.

Known for her dry sense of humor and joie de vivre, and for her adventurous spirit, she took full advantage of the opportunities for its expression that Colorado had to offer. An avid skier, hiker, biker, swimmer and diver, she frequently competed in triathlons with her brother, Jay. Meg was also an experienced paragliding pilot and a member of the Rocky Mountain Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.

That “Meg did more in her 39 years than most people do in a lifetime,” as her family noted, is no exaggeration.

In addition to her parents, Meg leaves her fiancé, Charles Webster of Golden, CO; her brother, Joseph B. Van Sciver IV and sister-in-law, Ms. (Dr.) Katherine Q. Olson of New York; her sister, Carolyn Armstrong of Orlando, FL; and three nieces.