Retired Faculty Association Newsletter

Vol. VII, No.2      University of Colorado            Spring 2002

Annual Fall Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Business meeting: 10 -11:30 a.m., UMC 247

Social: 11:30-12:15 a.m., UMC 235

Luncheon: 12:15-2:15 p.m., UMC 235

Dr. William M. Lewis to speak at luncheon

The chairman of a National Academy of Sciences committee whose findings raised questions about the future of the Endangered Species Act will be the featured speaker at the Retired Faculty Association’s Annual Fall Meeting.

Dr. William M. Lewis of the Center for Limnology at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) will speak after the buffet luncheon, which begins at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room 235 in the University Memorial Center in Boulder.  His talk is entitled "Science and the Endangered Species Act in the Klamath River Basin."

"A lot of people are watching this case," Lewis said. "It involves questions as to whether the Endangered Species Act should continue to be applied the way it has been applied in the past."

In the summer of 2001, drought severely reduced water supplies on the Klamath River Basin, which straddles the California-Oregon border.  Federal biologists, acting to protect coho salmon, shortnose suckers and Lost River suckers under the Endangered Species Act, raised minimum water levels for Upper Klamath Lake and stream flows for the Klamath River.

Consequently, little water remained for farm use in a watershed that in the past had been intensively managed for agriculture.  Farmers lost millions of dollars, and some went bankrupt.

The controversy became so heated that Interior Secretary Gale Norton asked the Academy to look over the biologists’ findings on which the decision to raise minimum water levels and stream flows was based.  In an interim report published in late winter, the 12-member committee unanimously found no scientific basis for some key findings of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The interim report brought a cascade of criticism down upon not only the federal biologists, but also the National Academy of Sciences committee.  The committee was taken to task by some tribal, government and academic biologists who disagreed with the interim report.

Lewis will focus his talk on that interim report, about which he has testified before Congress and been interviewed by numerous news organizations.  The committee’s final report is due in March 2003.

Its findings are not binding on federal agencies, but such reports often influence federal agencies.

Lewis earned a B.S. with honors in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in zoology from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1973.

At CU-Boulder, he was assistant professor of biology from 1974 to l978 and associate professor of biology from l978 to l982.

He became a professor of biology in 1982 and director of CU's Center for Limnology in 1986.

Lewis is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, University Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow with CIRES.

He has researched water quality, aquatic life and system characteristics for lakes, streams and rivers in Colorado through monitoring, special studies and modelling over the last 25 years.

Lewis has worked on more than 100 projects and had more than 165 works published.

President's Corner

The time has come for me to say goodbye to all my friends and colleagues of the Retired Faculty Association, because my term as president will expire at the end of this calendar year.

It is my fondest hope that I leave the membership of the RFA looking forward to and enjoying the innovations we have initiated in the past few years.  The awards to graduate students on each of the four campuses will have gone through its first, and I think successful, round.  Our program of "Tea Time Talks" seems to be well established, thanks to Chuck Howe.

The RFA has also been reaching out to make this four campus organization more cohesive.  We are trying to make our office in the garden level of the President’s Office Building in Boulder the center our members can look to for help and information about the association.  We have begun to enter the modern age of communication with the establishment of an RFA Web site, thanks to Bill Tetlow.  Eventually we hope that electronic communication will mean quicker and cheaper means of staying in touch.

With two UCD retirees on the executive committee, Franz Roehmann and Donna Bogard, we are striving to bring the Denver campus in closer contact.  Franz is now serving as our representative to the Faculty Council Personnel Committee, and Donna has been the prime mover in arranging an event on the Denver campus on Nov. 8, at which the Alumni Choir will perform under her direction.  Larry Morse continues as our link to the Health Sciences Center, where we look forward to forming closer ties in the future.  UCCS still seems far away, but we hope to think of ways to bring retirees there into closer contact

All in all, the RFA seems to be in good shape for Carl Kisslinger, when he takes over as president in 2003.  I hope all of you will give him vigorous support in making the RFA an ever stronger organization, one that can promote fellowship among faculty retirees and is ready to represent its members, when problems arise vis-à-vis the University’s bureaucracy.

Sadly, several longstanding and valuable members of the Executive Committee will be resigning, as I will, at the end of this year.  In addition to Rita Weiss, who served as vice president, president, past president, representative to the BFA and briefly as "necrologist," Court Peterson will end six years of service once his term as past president is over, and Jack Hodges will be ending his long service as RFA secretary.  The association owes them many thanks and wishes them pleasant days ahead.

This summer we have all been concerned over the illness of Bob Fink, who has served the RFA so well as vice president, president, past president and ombudsperson.  The good news is that Bob seems to be on the road to recovery.  We all hope he will rejoin us soon.  Meanwhile we owe thanks to Jack Kelso, who has volunteered to serve the RFA as interim ombudsperson.

In leaving my post, I want to thank most sincerely all those who have helped to make the  association a vital one.  I wish the RFA nothing but success in the future.

Mary Bonneville



RFA officers

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer
Mary Bonneville Carl Kisslinger Jack Hodges Pat Magette


Schedule set for RFA’s first event on the UCD campus

The Retired Faculty Association is pleased to sponsor its first event on the CU-Denver campus.  Join fellow RFA members and friends in initiating what the association hopes is a series of occasions that will bring members from all campuses together for an afternoon of enjoyment and fellowship.

When:  1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.

Where: The Dance Studio of the Kenneth King Academic and Performing Arts Center, 855 Lawrence Way on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver.  The new center is located between the Tivoli Brewery Building and the St. Cajetan’s Event Center (an old church).

The program:

1 p.m. – Gather at the Dance Studio in the King Center.

1:15 p.m. – A tour of the King Center Facilities.

2 p.m. – Entertainment by the CU Alumni Choir, directed by Donna Bogard, retired professor, UCD College of Music.  Light refreshments will follow 

If you plan on attending, please return the signup form included with the fall mailings.


Second serving of Tea Time Talk: primate conservation

Charles Southwick, professor emeritus of Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology, was the scheduled speaker when the Retired Faculty Association was to present its second Tea Time Talk Sept. 25 in The Academy Conference Room, 970 Aurora in Boulder.

His talk was titled "Primate Conservation: from Pests to Extinction."  Professor Southwick is one of the world's leading experts on primate populations, the trends in these populations and the causes of these trends.  He was to discuss the importance of primates in the natural ecosystem and possible implications of human-induced changes in their habitat.


Teacher, composer Berger dies

Jean Berger (Music, UCB), pianist and noted composer who received Colorado's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1985, died May 28, 2002, of a brain tumor at Shalom Park in Aurora. He was 92.

Berger, who taught at CU-Boulder from 1961 to 1966, also served on the faculties of Middlebury College in Vermont, the University of Illinois in Urbana and Colorado Women's College in Denver.

He was born in Hamm, Germany, and earned his doctorate in music at Heidelberg University in 1932. While assistant conductor at the Mannheim Opera in 1933, he was physically forced from his position and the theater building.

He moved to Paris and from there toured Europe and the Near East before having to flee again in 1939, this time to Brazil.

He was an assistant conductor at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro and served on the faculty of the music conservatory.  In 1941 he moved to the United States and obtained his citizenship.

Berger’s teaching career extended from 1947 to 1971, after which he continued to compose and present guest lectures.   His most famous works are his choral compositions, including "Brazilian Psalm" and "The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee."

Berger was survived by his wife, Rita, of Boulder; a son, Jonathan, of Sebastopol, Calif.; and a sister, Carmela Kidron, of Jerusalem.


Partners in Lifelong Learning seeks retired faculty

Partners in Lifelong Learning, a group of people who volunteer their time to promote closer ties between Colorado’s senior citizens and CU-Boulder, is interested in hearing from RFA members. The club is sponsored by the University of Colorado Alumni Association.

Partners in Lifelong Learning has two main activities. First, the group assists the Alumni Association with the administration of the Senior Auditor Program. The CU Board of Regents created this program to give Colorado’s senior citizens the opportunity to attend classes on the CU campus. Any Colorado resident, age 55 or older, may sit in on most regular daytime classes, tuition free, although.there is a small registration fee.  Partners in Lifelong Learning serves as an advisory committee to the Alumni Association and provides volunteer labor to assist the Alumni Association with such things as registration and publication of a newsletter.

Second, Partners in Lifelong Learning has a committee that is dedicated to supporting teaching excellence on the Boulder campus. This committee works closely with the CU faculty and administration to find ways that senior citizens can assist the faculty in providing the best possible learning experience for all students.

If you are interested in more information, call Ken Roberge at 303-443-2509, or email him at You can also go to the Senior Auditor Web site at:


Volunteers sought for cardiovascular research

  The Human Cardiovascular Research Laboratory is seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research study.  The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of vitamin C on the cardiovascular system.  The lab is looking for healthy male non-smokers, ages 60-80. Volunteers should not currently be taking prescription medications, vitamins or dietary supplements.

Benefits for study volunteers include the following: a physician-monitored graded exercise stress test for cardiovascular health assessment, ultrasound measures of the heart and arteries, measurements of aerobic fitness capacity (VO2max), bone mineral density, body composition, blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and a comprehensive dietary analysis.

This study is conducted at the General Clinical Research Center in the Wardenburg Health Center, located on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus.  For more information, please e-mail or call Lex at (303) 735-4686.


 Building bears Curtis’ name

A dedication ceremony for the University of Colorado at Boulder Museum of Natural History's new $6.1 million museum collections building renovation was held April 5.

Bruce and Marcy Benson donated generously toward the project, and in honor of this gift, the building has been re-named the Bruce Curtis Building in recognition of geology Professor Emeritus Bruce Curtis, who was Benson's mentor at CU-Boulder.

Benson and Curtis spoke at the ceremony, and were joined by state Sen. Terry Phillips, J.D. Beatty from the Office of the CU President, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Philip DiStefano, Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Carol Lynch and CU-Boulder Museum of Natural History Director Linda Cordell.

Curtis completed his graduate studies in geology at CU and Harvard, following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He worked for Conoco until 1957, when he began nearly three decades of teaching and research at CU. Curtis taught subsurface methods, geology of organic fuels and related subjects. He served as chair of the geological sciences department from 1961 to 1967. He retired in 1983.

The 44,000-square-foot building, formerly known as the Geology Building, opened for classes in January 2002 and houses the Museum and Field Studies graduate program and more than 3 million specimens from the CU-Boulder Museum of Natural History's extensive collection, according to David Bloom, assistant director of the museum.


Staying In Touch

JANE BECK (Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology, UCB) has received two new grants.  One is from the National Science Foundation for ecological research in southeast Arizona. The other is from the National Park Service to study the present vegetation of Little Bighorn National Monument in Montana and prepare a reconstruction of its vegetation at the time of the Battle of Little Bighorn.  Both are funded from September 2002 to September 2005.  She was to give a talk on forensic botany in Miami, Fla., at an Oct. 1-4 conference on science and the law sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the American Bar Association.  Also, she is working on two books; one is under contract and the other is soon to be.  She returns to the classroom in the Spring 2003 semester to teach plant systematics for the department of Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology.

DONNA BOGARD (Music Entertainment Industry Studies, UCD) and her husband, Charles, attended the 26th International Society of Music Education International Conference in Bergen, Norway, in August.  They heard some stunning performances.They went to visit their grandson, Zach Reynolds, stationed in picturesque Heidelberg, Germany.  The University of Heidelberg was founded in 1383, the oldest university in Europe.  Donna Bogard is one of four directors of the Arvada City Interfaith Choir, consisting of more than 200 singers from 19 Arvada churches.  They sang for the Festival of Freedom, a July 4th celebration in Arvada.  They also sang at the Celebration of Unity and American Spirit, candle lighting ceremony on Sept. 11 in Arvada's Memorial Park.

REX BURNS (English, UCD) hosted StarzEncore's "Anatomy of a Mystery," seen by 17 million viewers.  "Susan and I spent a month in Australia, mostly in western Australia – Perth, Broome and south in the Karri forests – during March," he wrote. "My first novel, 'The Alvarez Journal' (1975), was reissued by Mystery Vault Press and also came out in audio tape from Americana Audio. Retirement is great fun!"

HENRY N. CLAMAN (Medicine, UCHSC) had a book published: "Jewish Images in the Christian Church: Art as the mirror of the Jewish-Christian Conflict, 200-1250 CE."  It is medieval art, history and sociology woven together, he wrote.

KENNETH R. HAMMOND (Psychology, UCB) reported, "I 've been working hard at those things I wanted to do as a professor before retirement, and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  I have just submitted a draft of my fourth book to my publisher (Oxford) since retirement in 1987.  One of these was a prize-winner.  My wife, Virginia, complains that this means that she has to take up the slack in the garden work, but I am promising to return to duty any day now.  (Promising, that is.)"

SPENSE HAVLICK (Planning and Design, UCB) retired in May after more than 35 years of teaching, 27 of them at CU.  He took a backpacking trip to Montana in June and in July went fishing north of the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories.  In August, he embarked on a 100-mile canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  And in September he biked and hiked in Ireland and England.  He continues to serve on the Boulder City Council, a position he' has held since 1982, and he's working on a book for Island Press.  "Just received a fellowship in Australia for 2003," he wrote.

CHARLOTTE IREY SHORT (Theater and Dance, UCB) and her husband, Harold, spent three weeks in South Africa and in two animal camps.  "Seeing the animals in their own habitat was a very special part of our trip," she wrote.  "In April, we plan to board the Nantucket Clipper and visit the battlefields of the Civil War."

RICHARD KRAFT (Education, UCB), after retirement from the School of Education and the directorship of the Chancellor's Leadership Program, took a Senior Fulbright Specialist Grant to Bulgaria.  After completing work on a USAID project in Central America in the summer of 2003, he will be working on two education evaluation projects in Egypt in the fall.

DAVID PAULSON (Environmental Design, UCB) and his wife, Joy, in September, enjoyed viewing the retrospective exhibition of the architecture and design of the late architect Arne Jacobsen currently showing at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art at Humlebaek, near Helsingor (Elsinore), Denmark.  The exhibition is one of several in Denmark honoring Jacobsen's 100th birthday.  It includes not only architecture, but also furniture design, tableware, plumbing fixtures, landscape architecture, textile design, photographs and watercolors.  Also included is a motion picture describing his life from the time of World War II until his death.  "The Louisiana Museum, located on a spectacular site overlooking the Oresund between Denmark and Sweden, is among Jacobsen's greatest works of architecture," the Paulsons wrote, noting that they recommend this exhibition to anyone who may be visiting Denmark by January 2003.

ERNEST PORPS (Fine Arts, UCD) has been painting Western landscapes and flowers and working on his book "Creativity and Problem Solving." He has been teaching visual arts to individuals and groups, and also teaches creativity and problem solving.

CHARLES J. ROITZ (Fine Arts, UCB) teaches a writing class at Regis University.  His photographic work was published in the December 2001 issue of B and W Magazine.  In January 2003 his work will be exhibited at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas: "Marks in Place," funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

STEWART STRICKLER (Chemistry/Biochemistry, UCB) wrote, "Lynn and I enjoyed a three-week trip to India last year.  I attended the 50th reunion of my high school class back at the American school we attended in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.  I was glad to see the school was still going strong and the classes were still rigorous and well taught.  We also did the standard tourist visits to Delhi, Khajuraho, and Agra."

BARRY K. WEINHOLD (Counseling and Human Services, UCCS) is working on four books: the third edition of "Counseling Families," the second edition of "Counter-dependency: The Flight From Intimacy," a revision of "Breaking Free of Addictive Family Relationships" and a new book, as yet untitled, about understanding one's personal and collective history.  He is also "doing executive coaching with corporate executives," playing lots of tennis and traveling extensively in the United States.  "We live in Bonita Springs, Fla., about four to five months a year where we enjoy tennis, fishing and bicycling."

JIM WOLF (History, UCD) is a Boulder city representative on the Boulder Citizens Cultural Advisory Committee, a convener for the Hemlock Society's Boulder Branch and director of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" performed by the Upstart Crow Theatre Company at the Dairy Center of the Arts in Boulder from Nov. 22 to Dec. 7.


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