Traveler's Tales

Education Abroad? Naturally, there are unknowns. Come to the Wild Boar coffeehouse on Wednesday, January 28 and follow the stairs to the basement where a group of CSU students will share stories about their international experiences.

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In memory: Robert Packard Martin

Robert Packard Martin ("RP" or "Bob") was born November 11, 1920, in Roswell, New Mexico, to Merrill C. and Lillian Herring Martin. He passed away at the age of 94 on December 14, 2014, in Fort Collins where he had lived for nearly 60 years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois Lucas Martin, his son Scott (Lisa) Martin, his daughter Elisabeth "Lisa" (Glen) Brozovich and his grandchildren Alyson Brozovich (Kyle) Williams, Melinda K. Martin and Lucas D. Martin.He was a graduate of Roswell High School in Roswell, NM, and also of Park College in Parkville, MO, as well as the University of Colorado. He earned a master's degree from Colorado A&M (Colorado State University). While in Fort Collins he met and married Lois Lucas on June 28, 1952. They then moved to Salt Lake City where RP earned his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Utah with Dr. Leo Samuels. While there, their son Scott was born. The 3 Martins then traveled on the Queen Mary to Basel, Switzerland, in 1955 where Dr. Martin had a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Basel with Dr. Thaddeus Reichstein, Nobel Laureate. Daughter Elisabeth (Lisa) was born during their stay there. The family returned on the Queen Elizabeth and re-established residence in Fort Collins where Bob lived till the end of his life.robert martinBob was a biochemistry professor at CSU for more than 35 years. Steroid biochemistry was the main subject of his research. He enjoyed teaching and was quite demanding of his students including correcting their grammar on biochemistry essay questions. His true passion became advising for premedical students. He worked with others to develop a formal advising program which became Premedica. One of the most prized possessions that Bob loved to show visitors was his Distinguished Service Award for Undergraduate Advising. Many former students/advisees have kept in touch over the years and become an extended family. The family spent a year in the Boston area in 1964-65 while he took a year of sabbatical as a research associate at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.Bob's enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 after having had flight training at Park College. He served stateside as a flight instructor as well as ferrying fighter planes across the United States. Especially in later years he loved telling stories and sharing photos from his flying days. He achieved the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and served in the reserves. RPM were perfect initials for Bob as his brain, his body or both were always in motion at a high rate of RPMs (revolutions per minute). He had a sharp wit and loved puns as well as double entendres. After retirement he delved into theology and read as well as wrote about the life of Galileo. He gave occasional presentations at the Foothills Unitarian Church where he was an active member serving on the board and various committees. He helped oversee the enlargement and remodeling of the church in 1996. Community involvement included the Choice City Cycling Coalition, which helped the city develop biking policies and plans, the Fort Collins Clean Air Commission and lobbying to get the purchase of Soderberg Ranch on the ballot so that Horsetooth Mountain Park could be established. Bob enjoyed spending time with his wife and children. They camped as a family and traveled all over the country by car to visit friends, family, natural and historic areas. RP also back packed before tents and packs were light weight and biked to work year round before the bike lanes were developed. He skied for over 50 years and granddaughter Alyson was his ski buddy in Breckenridge. In later years he loved watching both Melinda and Lucas play tennis for Fossil Ridge High School and in USTA tournaments. His yard and roses were a pride and joy, this kept him busy until he and Lois moved out of their long time home and into MacKenzie Place in 2012. He will be greatly missed by friends and family. A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins. Memorial donations may be made through www.allnutt.com to CSU Premedica Scholarship Endowment or Crossroads Safehouse.

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In memory: Richard D. Johnson

Like the blues he loved, Richard D. Johnson, 67, lived a storied life of riffs and beats that got your feet tapping. Rick passed away December 17, 2014, after a long bout with cancer, but not before leaving an indelible impression. A native of Billings, Montana, and son of Howard and Mary Johnson, Rick graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School and ultimately matriculated to Fort Collins, where he served as a dedicated and creative professor of finance at Colorado State University for 29 years. During the first "bluesy stanza" of his adult life, Rick attended the University of Portland, where he met his future wife Janet (McBride) and played rhythm guitar in the Seagram Six band. When Jan transferred to UC Santa Barbara, Rick followed, completing his undergraduate degree at Long Beach State University. Wanting to stay close to the music scene while attending LBSU, Rick worked as a bouncer at a club where he met Alice Cooper and his snake. After marrying Jan in 1970, he worked for Security Pacific Bank, which inspired the second "stanza" of his life. Rick and Jan relocated to Eugene, where Rick obtained a masters and doctorate in finance and a life-long passion for the University of Oregon Ducks. Colorado State University became the bridge of his life's song. At CSU's Department of Finance in the College of Business, Rick served as department chair, co-authored two textbooks, and became a mentor to the CSU students he loved and nurtured. During the last stanza of his life, Rick became an avid blues player and rhythm guitarist for Fort Collins' Vintage Winds, studied Zen Buddhism, counseled troubled prisoners, and volunteered at the Poudre Valley Hospital Cancer Center, where he supported others with cancer. Rick also served as the investment committee chairRichard D Johnson of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. A loving son, brother, and husband, Rick transformed challenges in his life and those of others into a 30-minute angst-ridding, belly-laugh-inducing stand-up routine. He loved nature and the great outdoors, devoted hours to tying his own flies, read the water like a book, and practiced the art and science of fly fishing to the extent that he always left a day of fishing with a catch. He is survived by his wife, Jan; sister Mary Ann Bradley and her husband Tim, nephew Timmer Bradley, niece Sarah Bradley; sister-in-law Jane Greco and her husband James, nephews Brian and Matt Greco and their wives, Jenny and Ashley, respectively; and his beloved Lakeland terrier, Maddie. The family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude for the loving care provided by his oncologist, Dr. Ann Stroh, her team, and the Poudre Valley Hospital Oncology and Out-Patient Infusion units. Memorial services will be conducted at Allnutt Funeral Service in Fort Collins at a future date. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be directed to the Rick Johnson Music Education Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, 4745 Wheaton Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525, or to the Cancer Center of the Poudre Valley Hospital & Medical Center Foundation, at www.pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring. org. View the online obituary and send the family your condolences.

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