2010 Honorees

Arts and Humanities


Hal Gould is a tireless champion for the art of photography. In the mid 1960’s when photographs were not valued as collectibles, he launched a campaign to elevate the medium of photography to a fine art. When he was unable to find a sustainable venue to present photography, Hal opened the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and presented seminal exhibitions by Matthew Brady, Paul Strand, Edward Weston and Phillippe Halsman.

In 1979, Hal founded the Camera Obscura Gallery at the corner of 13th and Bannock Streets in Denver. As the Gallery’s owner and curator, he has brought the works of internationally recognized photographers to Denver for more than 30 years. He has presented such icons of photography as Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbot, Annie Leibovitz, and Sebastiao Salgado. Today the Camera Obscura Gallery represents one of the finest collection of Fine Art Photography between the East and West coasts, and serves as a forum for viewing and learning by patrons from around the world.

A practicing artist for more than 60 years, Hal attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he first studied portraiture and later became passionate about the more modern medium of photography. Hal’s artistic works include portraits, travel images, landscapes, abstractions, and western scenes. His careful consideration of compositional elements, his attention to the right light and best camera angle, and his skillful darkroom techniques contribute to the beauty of his photographs.

Hal has taught classes and given lectures at University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Texas. He has received the prestigious National Service Award from the Professional Photographers of America Association as well as numerous awards from the Rocky Mountain Professional Photographers Association.

Hal grew up on a ranch in New Mexico and left home at the age of sixteen. He served in the Army with General Douglas MacArthur during World War II. Now in his 90th year, Hal Gould is a resilient man who has withstood the elements. He is a mentor to many, including a following of volunteers who help keep the Gallery vibrant with new shows. While he has held many jobs including railroad-tie repairer, boxer, aviator and portrait painter, it is his pursuit of photography that has defined his life.

Community Service


Dr. Patty Gabow is nationally recognized for her work to increase access to basic health care for all Coloradans. As CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, she oversees the health care system that serves as the principal safety net for uninsured and vulnerable populations in Denver and Colorado. As both physician and administrator, Dr. Gabow has worked throughout her career to ensure that the most vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly women and children, have access to quality medical care.

During the early 1990’s, she led the effort to convert the hospital from part of the city to an independent governmental authority. She then helped transform the organization into a successful and profitable system that has become a model for the nation. Under her direction, Denver Health has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Colorado Performance Excellence Award for organizational efficiency.

Dr. Gabow joined the staff of Denver Health in 1973 as chief of the Renal Division. During her tenure in that role, she became internationally known for her scientific work on polycystic kidney disease. She continues to conduct research related to health services for the underserved.

Patty was elected to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for her commitment to Colorado’s healthcare safety net. She was recognized for her generosity in mentoring others, her innovation in going outside healthcare in search of new management ideas, and her commitment to best practices.

Dr. Gabow is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Medical Association’s Nathan Davis Award, the Florence Rena Sabin Award, and the 2008 National Healthcare Leadership Award. She has been named as one of the top 25 women in health care, one of the top 50 physician executives, and one of the 100 most powerful people in American health care.

Dr. Gabow received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California. Currently a professor in the division of Renal Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, she is the author of over 150 articles and book chapters.

She is married to Harold N. Gabow and the mother of two children.

Science and Medicine


Dr. Charles Dinarello is a preeminent biomedical scientist known for his role in developing improved treatments for inflammatory disorders and autoimmune diseases. His isolation and cloning of the “fever molecule” helped create the field of cytokine biology, which deals with the impact of inflammation on the human body. Cytokines are small proteins that regulate inflammation and often result in debilitating diseases. His research helped develop new strategies to block those cytokines that promote inflammation.

Clinical applications resulting from his work have alleviated pain and suffering for thousands of patients with diseases such as adult and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and gouty arthritis. More recently, these new therapies have been applied to other disorders including cancer, diabetes mellitus and heart failure.

Dr. Dinarello was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998. He has served on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and was President of the International Cytokine Society. He has published over 600 original research articles and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.

He has received or been the co-recipient of three of science’s most coveted prizes: Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2009), Albany Prize in Medicine (2009) and the 2010 Ehrlich Prize. He will receive the Novartis Prize in Immunology this summer. In 1993, he received Germany’s Ernst Jung Prize in Medicine and donated the prize money ($125,000) to universities and established the Sheldon Wolff Professorship in Medicine at Tufts University to honor his late mentor. Dr. Dinarello contributes a substantial portion of each prize to the Interleukin Foundation, which he established to support research of young investigators.

Currently a professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Dinarello has trained more than forty investigators, many of whom are recognized experts in their fields. Previously, he was Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Dinarello received his medical degree from Yale University and his clinical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds honorary degrees from University of Marseille, University of Frankfurt, and the Weizmann Institute in Israel.