2009 Honorees

Arts & Humanities


Hugh A. Grant has been a driving force in the arts for over 30 years. He established the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in 2003 to preserve the work and collections of Denver artist Vance Kirkland. Kirkland (1904-1981) painted in Denver for 53 years, creating watercolors, abstract oil and water mixtures, and the vibrant “Dot Paintings” for which he is best known.

As the Museum’s founder, director and curator, Hugh saved and added to the historic Kirkland studio building, created a showcase for Colorado art, and expanded Kirkland’s modernist decorative art collection. He facilitated international exchange by taking Kirkland’s art to thirteen European museums. In its brief history, the Museum has evolved into one of the country’s top displays of 20th century, international decorative arts and a significant repository of Colorado arts from 1875 to the present. Grant has written articles about art for numerous books, magazines, catalogs and brochures.

His love of the arts extends beyond the Kirkland Museum. In 2004, he collaborated with Colorado Ballet to present Dreamspace (originally titled The Artist and The Muse), a theatrical ballet based on the life of Vance Kirkland. In 2000, he won the Heartland Emmy Award for Best Entertainment Program for his role as producer of The Artist and the Muse, when the ballet was aired on PBS stations.

An avid patron of the arts, Hugh supports a broad range of cultural and civic organizations. He has served on the board of Opera Colorado for 19 years and serves as treasurer of the East 13th Avenue Maintenance District, the neighborhood where the Kirkland Museum is located.

Hugh’s work has been recognized by numerous prestigious awards, including the 2000 Historic Denver Ann Love Award for Historic Preservation, the 2000 AFKEY Award from Denver Art Museum Alliance for Contemporary Art, and the 1999 Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

He is married to Merle Chambers, President and CEO of Leith Ventures and Chambers Family Fund. Together, they have contributed their time and resources to establish Denver as a world-class destination for decorative and fine arts.

Grant received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Denver (2003) and a B.A. from Colorado State University (1968).

Community Service


Hank Brown has served Colorado as a leader in government, education and philanthropy for thirty years. He became known as a champion of accountability, transparency and integrity.

Following eleven years as an executive with Monfort of Colorado, Hank was elected to the first of five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980. In 1990, he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served one six-year term. As Senator, he sponsored several bills pertinent to the West, including Colorado’s only Wild and Scenic River designation and the 1994 Colorado Wilderness Bill. He also sponsored the first Accounting Standards Bill for the Federal Government.

Hank served as President of the University of Northern Colorado from 1998 to 2002. During his tenure, overhead expenses were reduced, admission standards were raised, and donations broke records each year. From 2005 to 2008, he served as President of the University of Colorado during a time of controversy and discord. He is widely credited with improving the University’s accountability, diversity and academic reputation. In three energetic years, he saw enrollment, research funding and donations break all time records.

Between tours as university president, Hank served as President and CEO for the Daniels Fund. His leadership guided the foundation through a time of tremendous growth and honored his friendship with Bill Daniels by helping to define the Daniels Fund’s scholarship and grant programs.

A native Coloradan, Hank graduated from the University of Colorado in 1965 and served a tour of duty as a Navy aviator in Vietnam before returning to receive his law degree in 1969.

Known for his tireless work, fiscal responsibility and commitment to excellence, Brown has received numerous awards, including Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and 2008 Citizen of the West. He has served on the boards of United Bank of Greeley and Colorado State University Foundation. He currently serves as senior counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, teaches in the political science department at University of Colorado, and chairs the board of the Daniels Fund.

He and his wife, Nan, are the parents of three children and the grandparents of four.

Science & Medicine


An international leader in the fields of microbiology and immunology, Dr. Claman is best known for his 1966 discovery that the human immune system must have two lymphocytes, T-cells from the thymus and B-cells from the bone marrow, in order to form the antibodies that give us immunity from infectious diseases. The cooperation of these two cells became the leading thought in immunology, and opened the field to research in immunogenetics, cellular immunology and vaccine development. Claman’s research also led the development of techniques to reduce the symptoms of allergies and prevent T-cells from being infected by HIV.

A national author on the relationship between art and medicine, Claman serves as Director of the University of Colorado’s Medical Humanities Program. This program enriches students’ knowledge by weaving literature and art into the medical curriculum. He believes this program enhances their ability to observe and empathize with their patients.

Dr. Claman is the consummate academician and role model, distinguished in every area of teaching, patient care and research. He served as Head of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for 25 years and was named a Distinguished Professor of the University of Colorado. He has received many honors throughout his career, including international awards such as the Faculty Scholar Award of the Josiah Macy Foundation at University College in London and the Besredka Prize of Immunology of the Fondation Franco-Allemande. He was also a resident scholar of the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy.

He is a man of diverse interests and a favorite speaker on topics ranging from basic science to modern art. His biography lists over 200 scientific publications and he has received numerous academic prizes and fellowships. He recently endowed the Given Biomedical Institute in Aspen where the library is named for his parents. He is also the author of a scholarly book on medieval art, Jewish Images in the Christian Church.

The son of two New York City physicians, Dr. Claman was educated at Harvard College and New York University School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is married to Janet Stewart Claman, M.D., a pediatric clinical geneticist at the University of Colorado and has two children, David and Ruth.