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CU Pioneer Emerita Susan Kirk will be missed

Leader. Mentor. Public Servant. Philanthropist. Friend. Susan Kirk. This month the City of Denver and the University of Colorado lost one of its great advocates with the passing of Regent Emerita Susan Kirk. Susan served on the Board of Regents from 1992 to 2004 and she commanded the respect of all who encountered her: from […]

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Bob Allen left legacy as liberal lion in Colorado House

Robert “Bob” Edward Allen was only 26 years old and Chairman of the Young Democrats when he persuaded Denver party leaders to place his name on the Democratic candidate list for election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1950. It would be the 60s before state legislators ran from individual districts rather than on […]

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Well-liked lobbyist Reinertson passes on

UPDATE: This version of the story corrects an earlier version that incorrectly stated that Sam Mamet was affiliated with Colorado Counties, Inc. Mr. Mamet is the esteemed Executive Director of the Colorado Municipal League. The Colorado Statesman regrets the error and apologizes for the embarrassing mistake. Karen Reinertson, who had a long and distinguished public […]

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Regis Groff: A true hero among us

Celebrating the life of an icon in the African American community On Friday an overflow crowd filled the AME Shorter church in East Denver for a memorial service in remembrance of Regis F. Groff. For two deeply moving hours the former Senate Democratic Minority Leader was honored for his qualities as leader, pioneer, mentor, teacher, […]

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Gen. Jim Hall will be remembered as a true hero

On June 1, a very special person passed away by the name of James Carl Hall. Many people, especially those in Arapahoe County and Colorado Republican politics, knew him as General Jim, for he was a Brigadier General (Ret.) in the United States Air Force. His death earlier this month was not unexpected, but the […]

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Current, former governors celebrate life of Vanderhoof

Two former governors joined Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers in the House chamber on Monday to celebrate the life of former Gov. John Vanderhoof, a man remembered for being forward thinking and able to work across the aisle to advance the interests of the state. Vanderhoof died on Sept. 19, 2013. He was 91 years […]

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Former Visit Denver President Roger A. Smith dies

Roger A. Smith, age 73, passed away on Nov. 1, 2013 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. Smith was one of the pivotal players in approving and designing the Colorado Convention Center and served as president of the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (now VISIT DENVER) from 1984 to 1993. During his tenure, Smith […]

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Carolyn Metzler, Republican activist and party volunteer

Longtime Denver Republican stalwart Carolyn Jean Metzler passed away on July 24 after a long illness. Fortunately, her friends and family got to shower her with love up to the time of her death. And in 2011, the Lincoln Club of Colorado displayed their affection by bestowing on her their lifetime achievement award. Carolyn was […]

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J. Ivanhoe “Ivan” Rosenberg, Denver City Councilman, newspaper publisher

Veteran newspaper publisher and former Denver City Councilman Ivan J. Rosenberg passed away on Aug. 4 after suffering a stroke in Carbondale. His 93 years of life were full, his interests varied, and his death ended a career full of meaningful milestones. Although Rosenberg was first elected to Denver City Council in 1970 and served […]

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Jerry Kopel, a “legislator’s legislator,” remembered fondly by his colleagues

Current and former state lawmakers took to the microphone in the House chambers on Wednesday to celebrate the life of the “legislator’s legislator.” Former Rep. Jerry Kopel, a Democrat from Denver who served a remarkable 22 years in the Legislature, passed away at age 83 on Jan. 21. He was remembered Wednesday for not only […]

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