Peter Hauspurg, a longtime area resident, community advocate and former vice chairman of Westchester Land Trust, died at his home in Santa Monica, California, on Nov. 4 in the company of his wife of 38 years, Daun Paris Hauspurg. He was 67.
Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on March 1, 1953, to Arthur and Catherine Hauspurg, Mr. Hauspurg was a graduate of Duke University and Fordham Law School. After working as a tax attorney, he made a career change in 1981, co-founding Eastern Consolidated, a real estate brokerage and investment company based in New York City. He co-founded the company with his future wife, and the couple married in 1983. They shared management duties, with Mr. Hauspurg serving as chairman, CEO and dealmaker, and Ms. Hauspurg as president, handling personnel, and day-to-day operations. Their firm consistently ranked as one of the city’s top commercial real estate companies for 37 years.
The Hauspurgs were active fundraisers who were committed to numerous philanthropic efforts, including Northern Westchester Hospital, where the triage room in the emergency services department is named after them.
During Mr. Hauspurg’s tenure as vice chairman of Westchester Land Trust, the organization acquired a record number of acres for conservation purposes. In 2001, he and his wife donated 26 acres of land to WLT as a conservation easement on his family’s Croton Lake Road estate in Bedford Corners.
Mr. Hauspurg also served as chairman and board member of JCCA, an organization that provides housing, medical care and vocational training to 16,000 families in the tristate area. During this time, the Hauspurgs rehabilitated apartment buildings in Harlem for affordable housing, and donated a building to the JCCA.
In addition, Mr. Hauspurg served on the New York City Directors Advisory Council, the mortgage committee of M&T Bank, and the board of governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, a position he held from 1996 to 2017.
“Peter was an extraordinary person,” said Gregg Schenker, president of ABS Partners Real Estate, which Mr. Hauspurg joined as a co-managing partner and investor in October 2018. “He was highly respected for his business capability and devoted to his family. Peter was generous with his time and always tried to be helpful to others. He was also a mentor to thousands of brokers and real estate professionals.”
In addition to his wife, Mr. Hauspurg’s survivors include two children, Alexandra of Denver, Colorado, and Philip Haus (Jessica) of Los Angeles, California, and two grandchildren.