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Even his family and close friends were not aware of his diverse contributions until his death when friends and associates from many different fields came forward with stories of his generosity.

“Al made a huge difference in the way our society is today, and he did it behind the scenes,” said Gary L. Fitzpatrick, former senior specialist for digital programs at the Library of Congress, who knew Voorhees as a map collector. Everyone who knew Al, whether as a map collector, businessman, academic, engineer, planner, or philanthropist, recognized that he made a profound and significant difference.

Al is survived by his three children, Susan, Scott, and Nancy, six grandchildren, and two brothers. Nathalie predeceased him in 2000. His daughter remembers that Al and Natalie especially enjoyed spending time on their farm with their children and grandchildren.



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