For the next 20 years, an annual award funded by William Hopkins (Soc) and life partner Richard Anderson will benefit actors and other Washington D.C. theater community members. The Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts was presented for the first time on Nov. 20, 2017. William lives in Arlington, Va.
Posted Mar. 1, 2018
Alan Feuerstein (Mktg) is founder and CEO of Web Editorial & Content Management, Inc. Earlier in life, Alan served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy. Alan has lectured at New York University, University of Chicago and elsewhere on the use of the internet in web journalism and business strategy.
Posted Dec. 1, 2017
In November Dan Dillingham (Fin) was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Dan, of Enid, Okla., was one of six inductees this year. While studying at CU, Dick Hueholt (AeroEngr) flew left wing on the Minute Men aerobatic team, which was sponsored by the Colorado Air National Guard. The monthly Air Classics magazine featured the National Minute Men Team in its September 2016 edition, 63 years after the Minute Men team was formed. After graduating, Dick was employed as a jet test pilot for Chance Vought Corp. He is now retired and lives in Argyle, Texas.
Posted Dec. 1, 2016
Academy Awardwinning composer Dave Grusin (Mus) received the George Norlin Award at the CU Boulder Alumni Association’s 87th Annual Awards Ceremony in October. Dave, who also has won 10 Grammy Awards, is a founding member of the College of Music Advisory Board and has been composing music professionally since the 1960s. He lives in Santa Fe, N.M.
Posted Dec. 1, 2016
Ten-time Grammy Awardwinner Dave Grusin (Mus) served as an advisory judge for the Six String Theory Competition, the inspiration of Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Lee Ritenour. Dave, who also won an Academy Award in 1988 for his score for “The Milagro Beanfield War,” lives in Santa Fe, N.M. He is a recipient of the Alumni Association’s George Norlin Award, and will be recognized Oct. 13 during Homecoming Weekend.
Posted Sep. 1, 2016
Linn Long (PE’56, MS’67), who lettered four times in college as a wrestler from 1952-55, was named into the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame. After college, he coached wrestling at CU-Boulder, leading the Buffs to their best finish in the NCAA Championships, a tie for fourth place in 1964. Linn also won four letters in baseball.
Posted Dec. 1, 2014
Frequent Conference on World Affairs participant Dave Grusin (Mus’56) returned to the university in April for the conference. His brother, Don Grusin (Soc’63, MEcon’67), joined him from Los Angeles. Having spent most of his professional life writing film scores, arranging and producing jazz albums and recording, Dave has recently spent more time performing and traveling as a keyboardist, mostly with Lee Ritenour, an old friend and studio mate. He lives in Santa Fe, N.M., with his wife, Nancy Newton.
Posted Jun. 1, 2013
Former CU football and baseball player Frank Bernardi (Mktg’56) received recognition as part of the 2012 Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class ceremony in November. Frank rushed for 1,235 yards in his career, fifth-most by a Buff at the time, with his 6.33 average per carry still the fifth-best number by any of the school’s 49 players who have gained 1,000 career yards. He resides in Broomfield, Colo.
Posted Mar. 1, 2013
A flight test engineer and test pilot for 46 years, James Patton Jr. (Aero’56) retired from NASA in 1987 [see the online September 2011 Coloradanprofiles to read the article on him]. He earned numerous aviation awards, including NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal, the FAA Master Pilot Award and an induction into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. He lives in Crystal River, Fla.
Posted Dec. 1, 2011
After retiring from 30 years of teaching social studies in 1982, Harry Stokes (MEdu’56) has remained extremely busy. He moved to Tennessee and became an archivist at the Tennessee State Library and Archives where he processed manuscript collections and governor’s papers until 2005. During his retirement years, he and his wife have enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. Harry lives in Old Hickory, Tenn.
Posted Dec. 1, 2011
Beginning in May, 78 collages of artist Jean Conner (MFA’57) were featured at the San José Museum of Art in her first solo show, “Jean Conner: Collage.” The exhibition opened one week before her 89th birthday. The collages date from 1967 to 2021 and will be on display through the end of September. Jean lives in San Francisco.
Posted Jun. 21, 2022
CU English professor emeritus Paul Levitt (Phil; MHist’61) and late alum S. Sue McMillan (A&S’51) co-authored the book Yana: A Historical Novel, which was released in 2020. While working at CU, Paul wrote plays for the BBC, authored more than 20 books and published nearly 50 articles. Paul was also responsible for the restoration of the reputation of Morris Judd, a former CU philosophy instructor who was fired in the early 1950s for his refusal to answer FBI questions about communist affiliations.
Posted Mar. 4, 2021
Joe Bonem (ChemEngr) has more than 50 years of experience in the chemical engineering industry. He published his third book, The Chemical Projects Scale Up: How to Go from Laboratory to Commercial, which explores the engineering aspects of scale up and is based on Joe’s experience working with large companies such as ExxonMobil. His previous two books focused on how to use chemical engineering to solve problems in industrial plants. He resides in New Braunfels, Texas, with his wife, Diane Robinson. The couple has one son and two grand- sons — both of whom have chemical engineering degrees.
Posted Nov. 30, 2018
Thomas J. O’Brien (Bus) and Sharon O’Brien (Jour’58) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 29. They met at CU Boulder, married in California and have five sons. "How ’bout them apples!?" said Thomas. The couple lives in Fontana, Wisc., on Lake Geneva, southwest of Milwaukee.
Posted Jun. 1, 2018
Jim Turner’s (Law) book Selma and the Liuzzo Murder Trials, published by the University of Michigan Press, was re-leased in 2018. It details Jim’s first assignment in civil rights law, the murder of Viola Liuzzo outside of Selma, Ala., after the 1965 March to Montgomery. Jim, who lives in Washington, D.C., served as deputy assistant attorney general for 25 years under seven consecutive U.S. presidents.
Posted Feb. 21, 2018
After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, George “Geoie” S. Writer Jr. (Fin) returned to Denver and founded The Writer Corporation, a home building company. He’s built more than 12,000 homes across the Front Range, and in 1978 was the youngest honoree as National Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine. George received the Alumni Association’s 2017 George Norlin Award over Homecoming Weekend, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen field. Geoie has five children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Posted Dec. 1, 2017
David W. Geyer (ElEngr) has moved to Santa Fe, N.M., from Carlsbad, Calif. He is still working in support of the United States Air Force Mission Assurance Team and performing independent risk assessments on rocket launches of national interest. He enjoys Santa Fe, where he lives just five minutes north of the plaza downtown.
Posted Jun. 1, 2017
The National Federation of Press Women named Barbara “Bobbi” Hillman Gigone (Jour) the 2015 Communicator of Achievement winner during its national conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Bobbi is a longtime supporter of CU’s host parent program for international students, and most recently hosted a female student from Iran. Bobbi was the first regular female news reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera and first public information officer for Boulder County.
Posted Dec. 1, 2015
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
Last summer Johnson Books of Boulder released Ann Cornwall Westerberg’s (A&S’57) book Colorado Ghost Tours. Ann and her husband live in Littleton, Colo., where she is a longtime court advocate and writer.
Posted Mar. 1, 2014