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Colorado CollegeBulletin | March 2006


Gladys Evelyn Theobald Rolfe ’26, Saratoga, Calif., June 12. Gladys was a math teacher, head counselor, and dean of girls at Presidio Junior High School in San Francisco for 25 years. She graduated from Colorado College with a degree in mathematics, and received her master’s from San Francisco State University in 1950. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and sister, Edna Theobald Thomas ’24. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Bragg.

John Robert Camp ’32, Ontario, Canada, July 5. One of two forestry majors to graduate from CC in 1932, John went on to pursue his master’s in forestry at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. John and his family spent 25 years in Paraguay and Venezuela, where he worked for Nelson A. Rockefeller directing agricultural missions and philanthropic activities. He retired in 1979. John was preceded in death by his wife, Emily. Survivors include his son, Robert, and daughter, Barbara Lee.

Betty Britain Rutterford ’33, Oklahoma City, Oct. 30. Betty graduated from CC with a degree in sociology. She was a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sister. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and nephew, William Henry Willie ’33.

Mildred Prine Read ’34, Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 7. Mildred majored in education at CC and later received her master’s from Long Beach State University. She taught fourth grade in Fullerton, Calif., and was awarded the PTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1973. Survivors include her sons, Dennis and Merritt, and eight grandchildren.

Richard Ensign Brooks ’35, Princeville, Hawaii, Nov. 27. Dick received his B.S. in chemistry from CC, and later received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Richard worked for the DuPont Company and later for Princeville Cablevision before retiring. He is the recipient of at least 35 U.S. patents, and was published in numerous professional and scientific journals. Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Helen. Survivors include his daughters, Marion ’69, Helen, Mary, and Jessie, his brother, Charles Brooks ’40, and his nephew, Stephen Brooks ’71.

Max Frankel ’35, Denver, Oct. 11. A Louis T. Benezet Award-winning alumnus, Max graduated with a degree in history. He later received his J.D. from the University of Denver. However, his experiences as a soldier during WWII diverted him from a lawyer’s life to that of an educator. “Uncle Max,” as he was known in Denver’s Jewish community, was a founding member and past president of the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education, served as a chaplain in prisons and hospitals, and taught Hebrew to students of all ages. Survivors include his son, Stuart, and daughters, Sue and Nancy.

Jane Kimzey Brady ’36, Colorado Springs, Sept. 6. Jane, a life-long Colorado Springs resident, majored in art at CC, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She later served on the Board of Trustees for both CC and the Colorado Springs Junior League. A charter member of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Jane also served for many years as a docent and co-founded the center’s museum shop. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. James Brady ’36, and sister-in-law, Helen Brady O’Donnell ’35. Survivors include her grandson, Samuel T. Johnston Jr. ’88.

Helen Laucks Cool ’37, Colorado Springs, Nov. 14. Helen attended CC for one year as a special student visitor. She also attended Mills College and received her degree from the University of Southern California. Helen was a member of the Broadmoor Garden Club, Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church, Cheyenne Mountain Country Club, and the El Paso Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell ’37, brothers-in-law, Wyan ’29, Cortland ’38, and Arthur ’31, as well as her nephew, Raymond Cool ’68. Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Cool Hickerson ’65, and sons, Bruce and Robert.

Ruth Ann Johnson ’37, Colorado Springs, Sept. 12. Ruth Ann received her bachelor’s and master’s in education from CC, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Ruth Ann’s dedication to the life of the mind was evidenced by her lifelong love of books, involvement with both the Woman’s Educational Society (WES) and Friends of the Library, and her commitment to her career as an elementary school teacher. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mildred Johnson Burcham (MA) ’61, Nell Johnson Hakes P ’57, and Jean Johnson Pierpoint ’33. Survivors include her niece, Ann Hakes Tyler ’57.

Priscilla Swan Nesbit ’38, Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 10. For five semesters, Peg attended CC, where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle. Survivors include her daughters, Lynn and Priscilla.

Emma Twyman Anthony ’40, Rifle, Colo., Oct. 15. Emma, known as Jeanne, attended two years at Central College in Fayette, Mo. She then transferred to CC, where she received her bachelor’s in English. After college, Jeanne worked as a teacher in various Colorado school districts. She was preceded in death by her husband, John. Survivors include her four children.

Sally Corthell Lighthall ’42, Denver, Sept. 19.

Roland J. Minette ’42, Esko, Minn., Oct. 16. Rollie played both varsity hockey and baseball while a student at CC, where he received a degree in business administration. He served in the Army during WWII and later worked for U.S. Steel as a supervisor of stores. Roland was a member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church and the Minnesota All-Star Hockey Team. Survivors include his wife, Janet.

Lois Hicks Richards ’42, Colorado Springs, Sept. 15. Lois spent two years at CC, where she was an active member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She was a frequent Alumni Association, WES, and Friends of the Library volunteer — efforts which earned her the distinguished Lloyd E. Worner Award for outstanding generosity and service to the college. Lois was a Colorado enthusiast who enjoyed camping, fishing, “Jeeping,” and high-country scenery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm ’40, and daughter, Meredyth Richards Tippin ’62. Survivors include her sons, Malcolm Jr. ’65 and William T.; daughters, Ann Richards Alexander ’75 and Sally Richards Meeker; son-in-law, Brian Alexander ’75; and nephew, Brian Casebeer ’85.

Harold Stuart Moe ’45, Rice Lake, Wis., May 28. Harold attended CC for two semesters, later receiving his bachelor’s from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with a concentration in chemistry.

William Dierolf Peckham ’48, Las Cruces, N.M., July 8. William was a varsity football and basketball player at CC as well as a Sigma Chi fraternity brother. After receiving his bachelor’s in chemistry, William fought in the Pacific as a Marine during WWII. After the war he returned to his studies, pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, where he subsequently spent much of his career in research. Survivors include his four children and two grandchildren.

Barbara Macpherson Simons ’49, Englewood, Colo., May 16. Bobbie was a former student at CC whose studies focused on her interest in fine art, music, and literature. She earned her bachelor’s in 1977 from Metropolitan State College. She was a member of the Denver Junior League, and was active with the Institute of International Education and the United Way. CC friends remember Bobbie as a gracious, warm, and unassuming young woman with an underlying strength of mind and determination. An excellent horsewoman as well as an excellent student, Bobbie left the library many Saturday mornings to rent horses and gallop through Garden of the Gods. Survivors include her son, Thomas.

John C. Hay ’51, Goshen, Ind., Oct. 5. John began his studies at CC in 1947, serving in the Air Force for four years during the Korean War before graduating with a degree in petroleum geology in 1956. After receiving his master’s degree in business from Thunderbird Graduate School in Phoenix, John worked as a geo-logist for 28 years in Venezuela, retiring in 1983. John was a proud member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and the CC football team. Survivors include his wife, Barbara McAllister Hay ’56, and sister, Helen Hay Wheeler ’56.

Elinor Walker Simpson ’52, Farmington, N.M., Feb. 4, 2005. Elinor was a CC student for two years. A member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Elinor was preceded in death by her husband, John. Survivors include her daughters, Suzanne and Cynthia.

Caroline Carlock Stone ’52, Nathrop, Colo., June 7. Caroline attended CC for four semesters. Survivors include her husband, Edward ’52.

James Eugene Swank ’52, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sept. 2. Gene, a member of the 1950 Hall of Fame football team and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, graduated from CC with a degree in business administration. After college, he served for two years in the U.S. Marine Corps, later working in sales and advertising. As an avid golfer, Gene’s love of athletics persisted both on the green and beyond. He enjoyed watching CC, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the University of Missouri football and basketball teams. Survivors include his daughter, Susan.

Patricia A. Dillon ’54, Mesa, Ariz., June 30. Patricia received her bachelor’s in history from CC, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She was a director for Girl Scouts of America in several locations and also worked as an accountant. Patricia retired to Arizona in 1997, where she spent her time as a pastoral care minister.

Kenneth E. Simon Sr. ’55, Hyannis, Mass., Nov. 2. Captain of the golf team, varsity hockey player, and Beta Theta Pi fraternity brother, Kenneth was an active member of the CC community as a student and remained so throughout his life. Kenneth served in the Navy as an intelligence officer; worked as an investment executive, senior vice president, and head of operations for E.F. Hutton; and was a senior executive for Advantage Capital, retiring in 1992. His personal interests included gardening, vacationing in Mexico, salmon-fishing trips to Alaska, and country music. Survivors include his wife, Ann.

Katherine Stover Sparks ’59, Fayetteville, Ark., Oct. 10. Kay was a student for two years at CC, where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sister. She later received her bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Oklahoma. Family and friends remember Kay for her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor, her active involvement in numerous community groups, and as a voracious reader — an appetite satisfied in part by her participation in several book groups and her avid support of the Fayetteville Public Library. Survivors include her husband, Neil.

Deborah Wing Tolbert ’61, Scottsdale, Ariz., Sept. 10. Deborah was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority while a student at CC. She attended the college for six semesters. Survivors include her husband, Burke, and two daughters, Erica and Carissa.

Victoria Knox Gimmestad ’66, Seattle, April 29. After receiving her bachelor’s in music from CC, Vickie attended the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she earned her master’s. Her long career as a schoolteacher ended in 1997, when she retired from the Bellevue Public School District. Vickie was preceded in death by her husband, Donley.

Fletcher Anderson ’70, Snake River Canyon, Wyo., Nov. 18. Although a native of New York, Fletcher personified the adventurous spirit of CC and his adopted Rocky Mountain West. He was an extreme sports pioneer, champion kayaker, paraglider, nationally ranked Nordic skier, filmmaker, pilot, multi-rated flight instructor, and author. Survivors include his wife, Shelby, and his two children, Leif and Sophie.

William J. Gorman ’72, Colorado Springs, July 12. William attended the University of Colorado-Boulder and CC, then received his B.S. in education from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. He began his teaching career in Pueblo, Colo., taught English at Harrison High School, and later helped open Sierra High School, remaining a teacher in District 2 for nearly 15 years. For 20 years, William served as precinct chair for the Democratic Party. Survivors include his wife, Mary, and daughter, Tristan ’02.

Meredyth Raymond Kelly ’76, Austin, Texas, Aug. 31. Meredyth was a history major at CC, where he was also a member of the Black Student Union. While in high school, he worked with Operation Bread Basket under the supervision of Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. He later became a charter member of Abundant Life Ministries for the Homeless. Survivors include his wife, Mary, and children, Meredyth and Matthew.

Julia Minard ’07, near Punta Gorda, Belize, Nov. 13. Julia intended to double major in art and comparative literature. CC faculty, friends, and family remember her as a bright, energetic, immensely creative, and fearless young woman. She was an active member of the campus arts community, participating in dance classes and working with the Arts and Crafts Committee. Survivors include her mother and sister.


Helen Smith, Colorado Springs, Dec. 15. Helen worked in the CC Bookstore as a buyer and customer service clerk. She is remembered fondly by her many friends in the CC community.

Lyn Sullivan, Colorado Springs, Oct. 18. Lyn worked at CC for 25 years. In addition to coordinating CC’s music department, she was active on many committees, including the Diversity Council and Women’s Concerns. She was awarded the CC “Wiltsie” Women’s Leadership Award as well as the Center for Community Service award. Civic accolades include the Colorado Springs Bar Association’s “Liberty Bell.” Lyn was past president of the Domestic Violence Prevention Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates. She was active with Partners in Housing and collaborated with CC on the donation of three houses to “The Hill” project. Survivors include her daughters, Julia ’90 and Treffley Coyne, and granddaughter, Phoebe.