It’s one thing to walk the halls of CU as a woman today. But 70 years ago, in the wake of World War II, being a woman on a college campus was a whole different story. It’s a story that Timmye Berg Pollard (ArchEngr’46) still likes to tell. She and her late husband, Theodore E. Pollard (ArchEngr’49), who died last fall at age 90, met at CU, when Timmye was often the only woman in her classes. While she was waiting for her husband to graduate, she worked as an engineer and even assisted with the structural design of some of the buildings on campus. In May, Timmye, now 88, and her daughter, Evelyn McLane, visited CU.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Only a year after John Egan (Acct ex’47) left CU-Boulder, he moved to Lombard Village, a suburb of Chicago. He still calls the place home 66 years later. And since earlier this year, Lombard residents officially call March 21 “John Egan Day,” in recognition of his more than six decades of loyal service to the town. John, who celebrated his 90th birthday March 16, was also named Lombard Man of the Year in 1967.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Gordon D. Thayer (EngrPhys’57) published a paper in Progress in Physics, a peer-reviewed journal, called “A New Model of Black Hole Formation” in October 2013. He also has three 2014 titles for sale as trade paperbacks on Amazon.com: The Mind of Christ, which was co-authored with his late wife; His Grandson’s Tales to Beelzebub; and The Nutter Chronicles. In 1968, Gordon authored a chapter on radar visual cases for the Condon Report, a CU-based study of evidence concerning UFOs. He lives in Sarasota, Fla.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

There are few things in the tech world that currently create as much buzz as 3D printing. Charles “Chuck” Hull (Engr’61) is the name behind it all. He invented stereolithography, better known as 3D printing. For that, he was inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May. Chuck lives in Canyon Country, Calif.

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The March Coloradan featured actor Robert Redford (A&S ex’58, HonDocHum’87), prompting Charles Fetterhoff (MechEngr’63) to write, as he found himself looking out of one of the story’s accompanying photos. In the decades since he graduated from CU, Charles pursued a career in sales and real estate. He sold mainframe computers with IBM and then co-owned a Denver real estate company for 18 years. Charles still loves the beauty of the Rockies and lives in Aurora, Colo.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

A celebration of Karl Spence Richardson (A&S’63) and Sharon Holtzinger Richardson’s (A&S’63) 50th wedding anniversary in Greece turned into a small Buffalo reunion. The couple stayed with U.S. Ambassador Daniel Smith(Hist’77) and his wife, Diane. Spence is a former Marine who spent 30 years in the Foreign Service. Sharon worked for the Peace Corps in Venezuela and several companies in South Korea. The couple lives in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ambassador Smith’s assignment is in Athens, Greece.

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After playing center lineman for CU’s football team and being a part of the 1961 Big 8 Championship and 1962 Orange Bowl, C. Michael Bennis (A&S’65) has found a new passion. He has two award-winning books, Romance: Rules of Engagement and Paranormal: Signs of Destiny. His newest novel, Dangerous and Desirable, is one of his best-sellers. He lives in Tucson, Ariz., with his wife and three dogs.

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Working as a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area for four decades has its perks. But being part of a faculty that started a school of architecture in Kumasi, Ghana, surely made Thomas L. Turman (ArchEngr’66) proud. Architect, author and inventor Buckminster Fuller asked the new graduate if he was interested in the project in the mid-60s. Thomas made the move to Africa. He wrote about his experiences in his book WAWA: West Africa Wins Again. His second book, Teacher! Stories to Be Read and Graded by Friday, chronicles the trials and tribulations of teaching. Thomas lives in Berkeley, Calif.

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The CU-Boulder law school received its largest cash gift in history earlier this year. Byron Chrisman (Law’66) says his success as a tax attorney and real estate developer stems from his experiences at CU’s law school. He and his wife, Carlene Basore Chrisman (MMath’70), decided to endow the Byron and Carlene Chrisman Chairs in Free Enterprise at Colorado Law with a $10 million cash gift.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Did you ever wonder who determines who gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame? For the past six years, Philip S. Hart (Soc’66) of Los Angeles was a member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, which receives and evaluates star recommendations from its Walk of Fame committee. Accomplished members of the Hollywood stratosphere can apply for a star. The application fee is $30,000. Philip writes that he is pleased to have helped increase the number of African-American Walk of Fame Star recipients.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Legendary Truths: Peter Lassen and His Gold Rush Trail in Fact and Fable is Kenneth Johnston’s (A&S’66) homage to the legendary California trailblazer who has a national park and a volcano named in his honor. But the book also is part of Ken’s biography. He retired from teaching biology and life science in secondary education in 2007. At the same time, he worked summers for the National Park Service, following Lassen’s trails and footprints. Ken and his wife, Jo, live in Klamath Falls, Ore.

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The National Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted Dean Lahr (ElEngr, Mgmt’66, MBA’67) to its illustrious circle of former top-class athletes in June. During his time at CU, Dean was named an “Outstanding Wrestler” in the U.S. in 1964. He also was a three-time All-American and three-time NCAA finalist. Dean’s collegiate record was 58-4. Dean and his wife, Beverly Lahr (Anth’63, MS’66), live in Eugene, Ore.

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It has been about a year since Nancy Smith Rasmussen (Engl’67) retired. Since then, she’s enjoyed the time to read and volunteer. But she also spends more time in Minneapolis at her new job — grandma to her son Ben’s two young boys, ages 2 and 4. Nancy lives in Philadelphia.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

The Imogene Pass Run is an institution in Colorado. Back in the early 70’s, Richard Trujillo (Geol’70) was the first man to run what would become the annual race from Ouray to Telluride over Imogene Pass. He is a member of the Colorado Running Hall of Fame and was an All-American cross country runner during his time at CU-Boulder. He lives in Ouray, Colo.

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Professional photographer Stephen Collector’s (Engl’73) clients include The New York Times, Forbes Magazine and United Airlines. Stephen is based in Boulder and has been on the job for the past 30 years. “Working with light is my love, both in color and in black and white,” he writes. “I am excited by the variety of subject matter in the world.” See his work at stephencollector.com.

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Running with Ralphie at the start of a football game is a staple at the University of Colorado. Christy Conroy Yonz (PE’73), a former CU cheerleader, had the privilege of running behind Ralphie during last year’s homecoming football game during Back to Boulder Homecoming Weekend. Christy resides in Mansfield, Texas.

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Last fall Alvin Rivera (EdD’76) was awarded “Advocate of the Year” by the CU President’s office. During his career, he worked in Washington, D.C., for two presidential administrations and at the National Research Council’s National Academy of Sciences. Alvin lives in Pueblo, Colo.

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District court judge Morris Hoffman (Math’74, Law’77) recently published a book, The Punisher’s Brain, which discusses the science behind why people punish and forgive each other. Morris was appointed to the Denver District Court in December 1990. He also is an adjunct faculty member for CU-Boulder’s law school. Morris lives in Denver with his wife, Kate Knickrehm (Law’82).

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Minnesota West Community and Technical College appointed Barbara Kelberer McDonald (Engl’80) interim president. She will serve in the role until June 30, 2015. Barbara previously served as provost at Itasca Community College. She lives in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Former executive director of the CU-Boulder Alumni Association Kent Zimmerman (Edu’80, MPubAd’90) left his job in 2008 after 14 years to travel with his wife, Christine Lanier Zimmerman (Ger’80, MA’90). One of their latest adventures took them to Sucre, Bolivia.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

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