Published: Dec. 7, 2010

Boulder Community Hospital dedicated a new classical labyrinth constructed at its Foothills Hospital in Boulder in honor of Lane Earnest (A.S. ’60; Law ’63), recognizing Earnest’s 22-plus years as the hospital’s general counsel.More than 100 donors, hospital personnel, family members and friends, including C.U. Boulder Chancellor Phil Di Stephano, attended the dedication and reception recognizing the leadership and community service of “Earnie the attorney”  and his wife, Barbara ([Kelly], A.S. ’73).  According to the Earnests, the labyrinth is one of Boulder’s finest assets. And the site at Foothills provides an extraordinarily beautiful setting, with spectacular views of the mountains and the Flatirons.“The community in and around Boulder is invested in seeing that BCH serves everybody,” says Barb, who is a volunteer at Foothills. “The hospital provides services to a broad spectrum of people. The nursing staff is such a wonderfully committed group of professionals. And the administration respects the dignity of the patients, as well as the employees and volunteers.” Throughout their 50-year marriage, Earnie and Barb have had the joy of being involved with BCH in many ways. Earnie and his law firm served as the hospital’s general counsel for more than 22 years. During those years, the hospital expanded its campuses and clinics throughout Boulder County.In 2005, as Earnie prepared to retire from the Boulder law firm of Caplan and Earnest, where he practiced law for 40 years, his colleagues secretly devised a plan to honor him and his professional commitment to and personal love for BCH. The plan was to construct a classical labyrinth, like the world-famous one at Chartres Cathedral in France. The Foothills Hospital was an ideal site for an inspiring structure that encourages meditation, prayer and reflection.According to Earnie, “For many decades, the labyrinth will be a special place for families, friends, caregivers and children to welcome God’s presence, seek his encouragement, celebrate joy during happy times, experience tranquility, rekindle hope in the midst of rough times, or just delight in watching youngsters romp and play in the sunshine as they await the birth of a brother or sister in the third-floor delivery rooms.”