For Fred Holden (ChemEngr; MBA’78), of Arvada, Colorado, Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Places You’ll Go serves as a special theme to his life adventures. As a freshman, he lived in Baker Hall and recalls the popularity of Tulagi, The Sink and Timber Tavern. One of his favorite memories was playing sousaphone (wrap-around tuba) for the marching band in the 1957 Orange Bowl. He married his CU sweetheart Dottie (A&S’61) and they moved to Salt Lake City, where he worked for the Hercules Powder Company on rockets, including the Minuteman and Polaris missiles. After two cross-country moves, he landed at the Adolf Coors Company in Golden, Colorado, as director of economic affairs. He also served 30 years as a senior fellow at the Independence Institute, focusing on budget and fiscal policy. A father to three daughters and grandfather to several grandchildren, Fred has given about 1,400 speeches and published several titles, including his book, Total Power of One in America: Discover What You Need to Know, Why and How to be a More Powerful Person and Citizen.
Posted Nov. 11, 2020
Robert C. Harvey (A&S’59) received the Inkpot Award at the 49th annual Comic-Con International in July 2018 for his achievements in the comic arts. Past winners include Ray Bradbury, Milton Caniff, Chuck Jones, Jack Kirby, George Lucas, Stan Lee and Charles Schulz. “I’m in distinguished company,” Harvey said, “and I’m appropriately humbled as well as honored.” Since 1994, Harvey has written nine books about cartoonists and cartooning, and has edited or compiled five more. His work can be viewed at RCHarvey.com. As an undergraduate, he drew cartoons for the campus newspaper.
Posted Mar. 1, 2019
On March 8, Peter C. Dietze (A&S; Law'62) received the William Lee Knous Award, Colorado Law’s highest alumni honor. Peter grew up in East Germany and came to the U.S. in 1955. He started his journey in Nebraska, then made his way to CU. He was city attorney in Boulder from 1965 to 1972 and served three terms (1977-1996) on CU’s Board of Regents, including two terms as chair. Peter resides in Eugene, Ore.
Posted Jun. 1, 2018
John Cernac (Pharm) and his Pueblo Blende Drug store received the Most Valuable Award last summer from the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative at their annual meeting in New Orleans. He and his wife, Charlotte, are active CU supporters and members of the Directors Club. They can be found tailgating before home games and also traveling to road games.
Posted Mar. 1, 2018
One-time campus cartoonist Robert Harvey (Edu), who signed his cartoons with a spectacled rabbit named “Harvey,” has published his 13th book about the art and history of cartooning: Insider Histories of Cartooning: Rediscovering Forgotten Famous Comics and Their Creators. He began writing books in 1995. His website is RCHarvey.com.
Posted Mar. 1, 2016
Yesterday’s Wind was written by Al Bartlett (PE; MS’64) and is based on the story of his brother, Jack, who was captured during the Battle of Corregidor during World War II. Al wrote the book to honor his older brother, who died several years after his capture. The book is available on Amazon. Al lives in Gig Harbor, Wash., with his wife Nancy.
Posted Mar. 1, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Centennial Cup is back in Buff hands after the football team was victorious against CSU in September. Bob (Law) and Lydia Ruyle (Econ, PolSci’57) were there to witness the victory. Lydia went to her first game 80 years ago when her parents brought her just after she was born, in 1935. She continued attending games through childhood and as a CU student and then with Bob. They live in Greeley, Colo.
Posted Dec. 1, 2015
After retiring from teaching high school math in 2010, Bill Yates (A&S) is focusing on writing. He has owned and operated Yates Publishing since 1972, which specializes in family histories. He has written poetry for more than 40 years and released his collection, Dreams Rewritten, in March. Bill is the father of nine children and lives near Spokane, Wash.
Posted Sep. 1, 2015
After reading last winter’s Coloradan, Jon Larsen (ElEngr’59) was struck by the photo of the University Memorial Center. He wrote that CU was a place where he “experienced a period of important growth and where I have really fond memories.” Jon lives in Chocowinity, N.C.
Posted Dec. 1, 2014
Author Lewis “Al” Bartlett (PE’59, MA’64) published his book MacCaulley’s Monster in October 2013. Al grew up on a farm in Deer Trail, Colo., before serving in the army during the Korean conflict and attending CU. After graduating he taught high school English, coached football and then returned to farming. His oldest brother was captured in Corregidor, Phillipines, which inspired Al to study World War II. Al is retired and lives in Gig Harbor, Wash., with his wife.
Posted Mar. 1, 2014
Counsel Greg Martin* (Law’59) was elected to the CU-Boulder Directors Club board in June. He has practiced law since 1959 in the areas of criminal defense, plaintiffs’ personal injury and products liability. He lives in Boulder.
*Directors Club Member
Posted Sep. 1, 2013
Judy Peschken Darst (Mus’59) and her son Seth Darst (ChemEngr’82) both competed in the Van Cliburn Foundation’s International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. Judy lives in Bend, Ore., and Seth lives in New York City.
Posted Sep. 1, 2012
The National Football Foundation selected John Wooten (PE’59) to be inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. John was the second black player to play for CU and was a standout offensive lineman, earning All-America honors his senior year. He is the sixth CU player and the first CU offensive lineman to earn this induction. He played with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins in the 1960s. He lives in Arlington, Texas.
Posted Sep. 1, 2012
CU-Boulder’s required and often ridiculed engineering English course that Jack Lozier (Econ’59) took has remained in his mind. The Bethany College professor emeritus writes, “Every time I read an obtuse ‘easy assembly’ instruction for a bookshelf or operating manual for an electronic camera, auto or computer, I wish the writer had had to sweat through engineering English a half century ago at the University of Colorado.” He speculates the writing class may be why distinguished astronaut alums Scott Carpenter (Aero’49, HonDocSci’00), Ellison Onizuka(Aero’69, MAero’69, HonDocSci’03) and Jack Swigert (MechEngr’53) communicated so well.
Posted Jun. 1, 2012
This year marks the 50th wedding anniversary for Valorie Goodall Mooney* (MMus’59) and Bill Mooney*(A&S’58). The couple met onstage at a CU audition for the musical South Pacific. Their careers took them to New York City and Europe. Valorie sang opera and was a Rutgers University voice professor, and Bill was a cast member on All My Children and performed on and off Broadway. They returned to Boulder in 2001 and are involved with such CU projects as last fall’s Casanova at Twilight. They are featured in the Hall of Excellence, an alumni exhibit in the Heritage Center, the university’s history museum on the third floor of Old Main.
*Directors club member
Posted Jun. 1, 2012
After 29 years Robert Stamp* (Acct’59, MS’60) retired as a trustee of the Westcore Funds, a Denver-based mutual fund family advised by Denver Investments. In 1995 he retired as the principal financial officer and treasurer of the Gates Corp., formerly known as The Gates Rubber Co.
Posted Jun. 1, 2012
The Denver Women’s Press Club awarded Kaye Bache-Snyder (MEngl’59, MJour’81) three in-house prizes. She won first place for a blog, second place for a poem and third place for a rant. Her essay “How I Seduced My Husband” appeared in the autumn issue of the journal Thema in Louisiana. Her works “Weather Watching” and “Nesting Season” were published in Earth’s Daughters in Buffalo, N.Y. Prior to her journalism career, Kaye taught literature and honors English at CU. She lives in Longmont, Colo.
Posted Mar. 1, 2012
After 11 years Ron Moore (Mgmt’59) writes to say he has retired from his position on the board and executive committee of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, an executive MBA program in the Chicago area. He will continue to be a member of the Business Advisory Council. He also serves as director of the Chicago Crime Commission, a citizens oversight committee, and as a trustee on the CU Foundation board. Ron lives in Lake Forest, Ill.
Posted Dec. 1, 2011
Last November, 1958 Miss America winner Marilyn Van Derbur (Engl’60) sold her Miss America crown for $20,000 and donated the money to teachers. In a press release on her website, missamericabyday.com, Marilyn said, “It can help at a time when teachers need help. I wondered why someone didn't do something for them and then I realized I am somebody!” A sexual abuse survivor, Marilyn is a motivational speaker regarding sexual abuse healing. She has also released a book and documentary, Miss America by Day, telling her story.
Posted Mar. 11, 2022
Jane Weil Romberg (Edu) was selected as the 2021 recipient of the Hazie Werner Award in Steamboat Springs for her service to the community over the last 55 years. The award is given each year to a Yampa Valley, Colorado, woman who represents the legendary Hazie Werner’s legacy of volunteer work, community commitment and support of local organizations. Jane moved to Steamboat from Denver in 1966.
Posted Jul. 2, 2021