Financier Finn Casperson dead in apparent suicide

Kim LaCapria

Ex-CEO of Beneficial Corp. Finn H.W. Casperson was found dead in an apparent suicide behind an office building in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Casperson, 67, was discovered dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on September 7th, after police were asked to "check on" him. Casperson came from a wealthy family and moved with powerful people, and he was known for his political influence, fundraising and philanthropy.

Family members, including his son, Bedminster Township Committeeman Finn M.W. Caspersen Jr., declined to comment on the death of Casperson, Sr. or the circumstances surrounding his demise. In addition to philanthropic ventures, Casperson was an accomplished equestrian, and fellow movers and shakers have commented to press on his legacy:

"Finn was always a gentleman and always made his resources available," said Rhode Island state Senator Dennis Algiere, who represents the seaside region, just across the state line from Connecticut. "He was a very charitable individual. He donated a lot of time and money to various organizations in our community over the years."
"I don't think you could find someone more philanthropic or caring," said Tucker Johnson, an equestrian and a friend of Caspersen's, according to a statement on an equestrian Web site.