Published: Sept. 1, 2011 By

The American West lost an important ally on July 5 when CU law professor and dean David Getches died one month after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer [see page 23].

Amid explosive economic and cultural growth of the West, David spent 40 years as a national expert in federal Indian and natural resources law. His successes stemmed from his deep commitment to creating a more equitable and healthy West.

David’s passion for the West is reflected in our alumni. No matter where we live, Boulder lays an unshakeable claim, much like a past love, to a piece of our souls. So catch the wave with Forever Buffs in Pac-12 territory and join us at our events or on Facebook this fall. With almost 37,000 alumni living in Pac-12 states, we hope to better connect you with each other and the university [see pages 38-42].