Ben Granger, longtime professor and former director of the School of Social Work at Colorado State University and the co-director of Human-Animal Bond in Colorado, died on January 9. He was 83. The cause was complications from multiple myeloma. [caption id="attachment_8976" align="alignright" width="300"] Ben, his wife, Georgia, and scholarship recipients of the Georgia & Ben Granger Social Work Human-Animal Bond in Colorado Scholarship in the School of Social Work.[/caption] Granger was one of six children of a Depression-era Congregationalist minister. He was born in Mexico, while his parents were missionaries, and grew up moving from town to town as his father ministered to the needs of crop-workers of North-Central California. He was educated at Whittier College, served in the Army during the Korean War, and completed his education with master's degrees from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Granger's career was devoted to advocating for disadvantaged and disenfranchised members of our society and then educating multiple generations of social welfare professionals. As a young man he pioneered the concept of residential group homes for mentally handicapped adults. He worked in the youth prison system in California and was associate director of the San Diego Children's Home. Up until his death, he had been working as an advocate for young offenders at Platte Valley Youth Correctional Facility. Prior to moving to Colorado State, Granger was the associate dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Kentucky and then began a 19-year tenure as dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee. He met and married the former Georgia Brown at Whittier College. For more than thirty years of their six-decade marriage, they have blended their personal and professional lives. At Tennessee, Georgia Granger developed and built Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), a sprawling organization through which certified animal-assisted therapy dogs worked with professional therapists on treatment protocols that addressed challenges as varied as head trauma, elder issues and autism. When they moved to Colorado, Georgia created Human Animal Bond In Colorado and Ben eventually became its co-director. HABIC, now in operation for twenty years, is run under the umbrella of the College of Health and Human Sciences and currently operates 54 distinct programs that are staffed by 150 human-animal teams. Ben and Georgia have three children: David, from New York who is the editor of Esquire Magazine; Becky, from Colorado Springs, where she is a mom and is active in bible study fellowship, and Mark, from Knoxville, Tenn., where he is a business manager for Emerson Process Management. They also have eight grandchildren, each of whom just could not stop laughing at their grandfather's jokes and funny faces. Ben had an interesting and wide-ranging athletic career. At Whittier College, he played football for eventual Pro Football Hall of Fame coach George Allen. He ran 15 marathons, including two Boston Marathons. Once he stopped running, he was an avid tennis player who was scheduled to play in the USTA super senior nationals in March. He and Georgia won their division of HABIC's annual Diggin' Doubles tournament just over a year ago. And he celebrated his 80th birthday by water-skiing on Norris Lake in east Tennessee. He was also a standout performer in the annual Granger Family Olympics. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ben's memory to the Colorado State University Foundation. Checks can be made out to the CSU Foundation, earmarked for HABIC, and mailed to the CSU Foundation, 410 University Services Center, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523, or donate online in memory of Ben. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 916 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins. Reception to follow.
Lucille Rose (Kiecker) Weigand, 82, of Fort Collins, passed away January 5 from ovarian cancer. Lucille was born November 26, 1932, on the family farm in rural Fairfax, Minnesota, to Roy and Evelyn (Berger) Kiecker. Lucille attended a one-room Lutheran school from kindergarten through 8th grade, and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1949. She worked at various banks in Redwood Falls and Fairfax; eventually moving to Minneapolis to work at Northwestern National Bank. Lucille was married to John Weigand on May 23, 1964, in Minneapolis. After her children were born, she stayed home for several years, then re-entered the workforce in a variety of positions, retiring from Colorado State University in 1997. Lucille loved spending time with family and friends, especially her three grandchildren. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening and long walks, and beautifully cared for her home and garden. Lucille was kind, loving, patient and hard-working, and will be greatly missed. Lucille is survived by daughters, Gretchen (Michael) Jorgensen and Nancy Weigand, both of Fort Collins; grandchildren, Maia Jorgensen; Anders Jorgensen and Rose Ganshert, of Fort Collins; sister Marlene (John) Nestande; sisters-in-law Vernette Kiecker and Marilyn Kiecker, of Fairfax, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, brothers Myron and Donald Kiecker, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene Ann and Frank Enns. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church (301 E. Stuart; Fort Collins). Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. The family would like to thank Dr. Diana Medgyesy for years of compassionate care, as well as Julie and John Adrian and the staff at Lighthouse Eldercare for providing loving care to Lucille during the last months of her life.
Dale W. Grant, retired emeritus professor of microbiology at Colorado State University, died Thursday, December 11, 2014. He would have been 91, on December 22. Dale's wife, Virginia, died in 1997. Dale was born in Woodland, ME, in 1923. Dale and Virginia met in California, and were married in Gustine, CA, her hometown, in 1948. Dale received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in microbiology at then Colorado A & M, in 1952 and 1953, and his PhD in microbiology at Purdue University in 1965. He was associate professor of microbiology at CSU from 1965-1986, when he retired. He was a WWII veteran. He is survived by sons David Grant, and Mark Grant, both of Ft. Collins; daughter Cynthia Weitzel (Thomas) of Overton, NE; one grandson Andrew and his three children (Dallas, Aubrey, and Samuel) all of Eustis, NE; and one granddaughter Alexandra Yount (Conner) of Fremont, NE. Dale will be remembered for his love of science and knowledge, books, and classical music; baking bread; his sense of humor that never left him; a once-in-a-lifetime experience shared with his family in Kenya, East Africa, working for USAID; and the special love and attention given to his grandchildren as they grew up, creating so many wonderful memories. A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, December 20. Memorials suggested to World Wildlife Fund, or Friends of the Library.
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.Bob 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.
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 chair 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.
Dr. Karen Sue Powell, 71, of Fort Collins, died December 17, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Karen was born to the late Vernon and Isabelle Lemmon on May 6, 1943, in Fairbury, NE. Karen and her family moved to Berthoud in 1953. She later graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1961 and received bachelor and master degrees from Colorado State University in 1965 and 1973 respectively. She received her doctorate in business communications in 1987 from the University of Northern Colorado. She married James Sterkel in 1963. She married Ernest Powell in May 1989. Karen was a distinguished professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University from 1976 until she retired in 2003. Karen was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students. Karen loved God. Her Christian counsel was sought by many students over her 27 years at CSU. She was a known business communications consultant and published author of business management textbooks. Karen was a member of Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland. She loved to travel. Karen and Ernie traveled to England, Ireland and Hawaii, in addition to many places around the country in their motorhome. Karen also loved to read books, cook and spend time with her grandchildren. Karen is survived by her husband, Ernest Powell; her sister, Beverly McCue of Loveland; her brother, Kirk Lemmon of Laporte; her two children: Scott Sterkel of Petersburg, TN, and Jennifer St. Cyrof Ft. Collins, her two stepchildren: Kathy Depperschmidt of Loveland, and Robert Powell of Thornton. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. We would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who have cared for Karen. We also want to thank all who have prayed for Karen. She is finally home. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Denver Rescue Mission in Fort Collins or Denver in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Ft. Collins, CO 80524. A memorial service was held Saturday, January 3. Send condolences to the family.
James "Jim" Winick died peacefully on December 6 in Fort Collins, at the age of 71. James is survived by his wife Corinne, his daughter Rhonda (Joe) Hernandez, sons Steve (Julie) Winick, and Jeff Winick, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and sisters Jenny Heinze, Shirley Kinnison, Ruth Hawkins, and Beverly Lewis. James was born in Fort Collins to Henry and Annie (Bederous) Winick. He graduated from Fort Collins High School. He married his high school sweetheart in 1964. He worked for Colorado State University as a research technician. He leaves behind a loving family. A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10th, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 916 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Reception after will be back at the church. Associated minister Jake will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jim's life. Condolences may be sent to 704 Louise Lane, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521.
Jeune Reinhold: 15 Dec 1922 - 29 Oct 2014 Whata life! From nursing through WWII inEngland and raising four children in the US after her husband was taken from her far too soon, to beating cancer at 87 and skydiving to celebrate, Jeune met life's challenges with determination and grace. Whether family, friends, or patients, we were all touched by her kindness, generosity and positivity and loved her dearly for them. Let us always remember the things she loved best–her family and friends,the outdoors, especially the mountains and most especially Pingree Park, literature and theater, tennis and CSU women's basketball, all creatures great and small, especially her huge "Ellies" and tiny feathered friends, and, of course, Africa. Let Jeune's life be remembered as the best example that a life lived simply but fully, with integrity and conviction is its own reward. Jeune is survived by her three children; Jill Braddock, Kirsten Hovorka (Joe) and John Reinhold (Gaye), her six grandchildren and five great grandsons. Jeune was predeceased by her husband, daughter, sister and mother. Jeune will be forever missed and forever remembered. A celebration of life service was held November 3rd. Memorial contributions can be made to Africaid, Elephant Passage at the Denver Zoo, and the CSU Women's Basketball Program, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
Patricia Cudd, 62, of Fort Collins passed away on Friday, Sept. 26, after an extended illness. Pat was born on February 4, 1952, to Robert and Dorothy Cudd in Atlanta, Georgia. At a young age, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. After high school, she attended the University of Minnesota for her bachelor’s degree, the University of Utah Law School where she became an attorney, and finally an accounting degree from Colorado State University. Pat moved to Fort Collins in 2008 from Denver. Pat loved to study and read books. One of her favorite things to do was eat out at one of the many great restaurants in Fort Collins. She also was a champion at rescuing pitbull dogs. She also was an avid movie watcher. She attended Resurrection Fellowship Church in Loveland. Survivors include her son, Ryan Cudd of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a brother and a sister. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service to honor her life will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Resurrection Fellowship, 6502 E. Crossroads Blvd, Loveland, Colorado. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry Street, A-1, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524. [caption id="attachment_3550" align="alignright" width="300"] Patricia Cudd at CSU Commencement, May, 2014.[/caption] Sign a guestbook or share a memory
Dr. Theodore Klock Chamberlain, a retired oceanography and geology professor from the Warner College for Natural Resources, passed away Sept. 24 after a long illness. Dr. Chamberlain, a renowned oceanographer and a geologist, spent years at the oceanic research around the world and the Chesapeake Bay at Johns Hopkins University. He has led the department of Geology at Colorado State University and spent the rest of his career of 38 years at the university teaching two of the largest undergraduate courses on campus. Dr. Chamberlain loved teaching. He passionately encouraged and inspired thousands of students into higher education, exploration and spreading knowledge. Dr. Chamberlain was a scholar, a poet and a philosopher; he left a wealth of publications and writings. With Dr. Chamberlain's passing away the light that has enlightened the paths of thousands of students has dimmed, but Dr. Chamberlain's students will hold his torch to light other people's paths. Dr. Chamberlain's students and family are establishing the Theodore Chamberlain Global Resource Stewardship Scholarship and an annual lecture on his favorite topic- conservation of earth's oceanographic resources - in his name. Tributes to Dr. Chamberlain may be paid by sending contributions to the Theodore Chamberlain Global Resource Stewardship Scholarship or Conservation of Earth’s Oceanographic Resources Lecture in care of the CSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522-18702. Dr. Chamberlain is survived by a loving family of his wife Farida, his daughters Diana and Heather, and his sons Bruce, Makoto, Satoru, Thor, Alfie and Willie.