Coloradan Magazine

University of Colorado Boulder

Buff Tribute: Joanne Easely Arnold 1930 – 2013

Joanne Easely Arnold (Engl’52, MJour’65, PhDCommThtr’71), a longtime CU-Boulder faculty member and activist for gay and lesbian rights, celebrated from her Boulder hospital room when she learned in late June the U.S. Supreme Court had overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.


Buff Tribute: Ron Bernier 1943 – 2012

Art professor emeritus Ron M. Bernier died Jan. 25, 2012, as a result of complications arising from multiple sclerosis. He leaves behind hundreds of former students who spent their CU education trying to get into any and all of Ron’s art history classes.


Buff Tribute: Garrison Roots, 1952-2011

Garrison Roots, a revered sculptor and longtime CU-Boulder professor, had public art installations in cities across
the country. He led the charge and vision for the school’s Visual Arts Complex, even pitching in $5,000 of his own money for its construction.


Buff Tribute: Dale “Pete” Atkins

Dale “Pete” Atkins (A&S’43, MD’45) came to CU in 1939 from a small coal mining town near Paonia, Colo., thanks to a full scholarship from the Fredrick G. Bonfils Foundation. He credits Bonfils and CU for shaping his life. Pete holds three degrees from the university: undergraduate, medical and a master’s of science. He was Phi Beta Kappa.


Buff Tribute: Jimmie Heuga 1943-2010

Former CU-Boulder skier and Olympic bronze medalist Jimmie Heuga (PolSci’73) passed away Feb. 8, 46 years to the day he won one of the first two medals in United States men’s Olympic ski team history. He was 66.


Buff Tribute: William H. Baughn 1918 – 2009

A man who started life “dirt poor,” according to his family, Baughn played a crucial role in pouring a new foundation for the university’s business school, then placed the girders that would hold long past his two decades as dean. He later took the university’s reins as interim chancellor and twice as the university’s interim president.