Each year, CSU’s Alumni Association honors alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves professionally, brought honor to the university and have made significant contributions of time and/or philanthropy to the university or their community.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Lory Student Center Ballroom. Tickets and table sponsorships are still available.
For additional information on this year’s honorees, visit www.alumni.colostate.edu.
William E. Morgan Achievement Award
Richard L. (B.S., animal science, ’51) and Edward A. (B.S., animal science, ’54) Robinson
Richard “Dick” and Edward “Eddie” Robinson are known for their leadership, commitment to community and commitment to CSU. The Robinsons’ careers began in the family dairy business, working in the milk plant operated by their parents. In 1975, the Robinsons formed Robinson Dairy, and in 1999, they sold the company to Dean Foods.
The Robinsons have been, and continue to be, involved in numerous community and charitable organizations.
Richard served on the boards of several public companies, including U.S. Bancorp, American Land Lease, Horizon Organic Dairy and United States Exploration Inc. He chaired civic and community organizations including the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, the CSU Board of Governors, Mountain States Employers Council and Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was also the initial chairman of the Milk Processor Education Program that presented the milk mustache ad program.
Edward currently serves as a lifetime member and past chair of the Denver Zoological Foundation, the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, and National Jewish Health medical and research center. He is a past chair of St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, director emeritus of the Colorado Restaurant Association and a past board member of both the Metro State College of Denver Foundation and the Colorado Commission of Higher Education. He also served on the board of the Central Bank of Denver and serves on the U.S. Bank local advisory board.
As fourth-generation Denver natives, the Robinsons graduated from CSU, known then as Colorado A&M. Both Richard and Edward graduated with B.S. degrees in agriculture, and after completing the ROTC program, each served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Richard is married to Marcia Robinson and they have two children, John and Ellen, and two grandchildren. Edward is married to Susan Robinson and they have a blended family of six children and eight grandchildren.
Charles A. Lory Public Service Award
Douglas and Wynne Odell
When Doug and Wynne Odell founded the Odell Brewing Co. in 1989, they had two principal purposes in mind: to be self-employed and to save American beer. Accomplishing their first goal, the Odells fine-tuned their second goal to optimize its impact. From that, three key values emerged that shape Odell Brewing’s future: quality, collaboration and contribution.
The Odells have supported CSU for 25 years. When CSU launched the Beverage Business Institute and the brewing science course, the Odells were early supporters, not only with their financial resources, but with time and talent. Wynne became engaged with the College of Business, and Doug’s passion for brewing led him to give countless hours in support of the brewing course. The Odells and Odell Brewing Co. recently made a $100,000 cash commitment to CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology program, in support of building and equipping the new pilot brewery and analytical laboratory in the Gifford Building.
The Odells and Odell Brewing Co. have received numerous awards including the Brewers Association’s Recognition Award for a lifetime achievement of positively promoting the American craft-brewing community and the “Best Company to Work For” in Colorado in 2015. 90 Shilling, one of Doug’s first offerings, recently won a Gold Medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup.
Doug received his B.A. in geology in 1980 from California State University in Sonoma and holds a B.A. in psychology. Wynne received her B.A. in biology/geology from Whitman College and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington. The Odells have a daughter, Corey, and a son, Riley, who is a 2014 CSU graduate.
Jim and Nadine Henry Award
Tom (B.S., Farm and Ranch Management,’58) and Margaret Bradbury
The Bradburys were married in the Danforth chapel in 1958 and own Bradbury Land and Cattle Co., a farm and cattle operation in Byers, Colo., where they raise quality Hereford and Red Angus cattle and world-champion quarter horses.
The Bradburys have always had a passion for education and give scholarships to many graduates in the Byers community. They served on the Byers school board, the Byers Booster Club, and the Byers Volunteer Fire District. Tom also helped establish the Bijou Telephone Co., where he served as president for 40 years.
They have earnestly campaigned for the betterment of CSU. The Bradburys are longtime 1870 Club members, served on the Campaign Leadership Council in 2008, are Ram Club members, and have funded two Legacy Scholarships for CSU athletics (one for football and one for women’s basketball). Tom was a member of the alumni association board and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in Agricultural Sciences in 2004. Tom and Margaret are passionate Rams fans, have been longtime season football ticket holders, and have been members of the CSU Beef Club since its inception.
Before retiring in 2016, Tom served as director of the National Western Stock Show since 1977, and Margaret served as a NWSS volunteer and served on the Citizen of the West dinner committee for 20 years.
Two of the Bradbury’s four children attended CSU, and six of their 13 grandchildren are CSU Rams.
Other CSU Alumni Association Awards:
Albert C. Yates Student Leadership Award
Daniele Croteau (B.S., apparel and merchandising, ’16*)
*anticipated graduation date
GOLD – Graduate of the Last Decade Award
James Iacino (B.A., political science, ’05; M.B.A., business administration, ’12)
Distinguished Alumni Employee Award
Carmen Menoni (Ph.D., physics, ’87) and Jorge Rocca (Ph.D., electrical engineering, ’83)
Distinguished Athletic Award
John Mattos (B.A., English, ’71)
Distinguished Extension Award
Robert Sturtevant (B.S., outdoor recreation, ’75; M.S., recreation resources, ’80)
Nancy Sturtevant (B.S., business administration, ’94; M.S., business administration, ’06)
Distinguished Faculty Award
John Straayer, Ph.D.
Distinguished International Alumni Award
Gye-Woon Choi, Ph.D. (Ph.D., civil engineering, ’91)
College honor alumnus/alumna awards
College of Agricultural Sciences
Stuart Ross (B.S., agronomy, ’85; M.B.A., business administration, ’89)
College of Business
Michael Mooney (B.S., business administration, ’71)
College of Engineering
Richard George (B.S., civil engineering, ’73)
College of Health and Human Sciences
Nancy Richardson (B.S., housing and interior environment, ’82)
College of Liberal Arts
Shaesby Scott (B.F.A., art, ’97)
College of Natural Sciences
Dean Tsao (Ph.D., biochemistry, ’73)
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Patricia Olson, Ph.D., D.V.M. (Ph.D., physiology and biophysics, ’81)
Warner College of Natural Resources
Roger Steininger (Ph.D., earth resources, ’86)