Past Honorees

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Arts & Humanities

2013 Pelham G. Pearce, Jr.General/Artistic Director of Central City Opera House Association
2012 Patricia Nelson Limerick, Ph.D.Chair of the Board, Center of the American West at the University of Colorado
2011 Dianne Perry VanderlipFounding Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum
2010 Hal GouldFounder, Curator, and Owner of Camera Obscura Gallery; Elevated photography as a fine art form
2009 Hugh A. GrantFounder, Director, and Curator of the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
2007/08 Maggie DivelbissArts and art education advocate; Executive Director, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center
2006 John D. Anderson, FAIA Architect and pioneer in the field of sustainable design
2005 Calvin M. Frazier, Ed.D.* Education advocate and Colorado State Commissioner of Education
2004 Lewis I. Sharp, Ph.D. Director of the Denver Art Museum
2003 Marin Alsop Music Director Laureate of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
2002 Rick J. Ashton, Ph.D. City Librarian, Denver Public Library
2001 Morley BallantinePhilanthropist, Editor and Chairman of the Board of the Durango Herald newspaper
2000 Jil RosentraterCultural Affairs Director for the City of Greeley, Advocate for arts and cultural awareness
1999 Martin FredmannArtistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Ballet
1998 Noël R. CongdonPhilanthropist; Arts and art education advocate
1997 Lillian Covillo
and Freidann Parker*
Co-founders of the Colorado Ballet
1996 Albert C. Yates, Ph.D.Chancellor of Colorado State University System and President of Colorado State University
1995 Robert W. Craig Mountaineer, Founder and President of the Keystone Center
1994 Jan Perry Mayer and Frederick R.*Philanthropists and founders of the JFM Foundation
1993 Daniel L. RitchieChancellor of the University of Denver
1992 Bruce M. Rockwell*Advocate and community leader; President of The Colorado Trust
1991 Duain WolfeArtistic Director, Colorado Children’s Chorale
1989 Nathaniel Merrill* President and Director of Opera Colorado
1988 Edward R. BaierleinActor, Director and Manager of Germinal Stage
1987 Otto Karl Bach, Ph.D.* Director of The Denver Art Museum
1986 Gordon Hardy President Emeritus, Aspen Music Festival and School
1985 Cleo Parker RobinsonExecutive and Artistic Director, Cleo Parker Robinson’s New Dance Theatre, Inc.
1984 Lloyd E. Worner, Ph.D.*President Emeritus, The Colorado College

Community Service

2013 Tim GillGill Foundation
2012 Robert G. TointonCreator of the Tointon Institute for Educational Change
2011 Bruce and Marcy BensonCommunity leaders, coalition builders, and benefactors
2010 Patricia A. Gabow, M.D.CEO of Denver Health, one of the country’s most successful safety-net hospitals
2009 Hank BrownPresident of University of Colorado (2005-2008), and U.S. Senator (1991-1997)
2007/08 Harry T. Lewis, Jr.Business and community leader dedicated to economic and cultural improvement
2006 Frederic C. HamiltonOilman, philanthropist, and community leader
2005 Carol Gossard*Philanthropist, humanitarian and community advocate
2004 Elaine Gantz Berman and Steve Berman, M.D.Advocates for children’s education and health
2003 Noel CunninghamHumanitarian and community advocate
2002 Nancy Gary, Ph.D and Sam GaryPhilanthropists and community leaders; Founders of The Piton Foundation
2001 Anna Jo HaynesExecutive Director of Mile High Child Care; Advocate for children and families
2000 Patricia D. KellyCommunity leader; Advocate for development of the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo
1999 Marion R. Gottesfeld*Philanthropist and community volunteer; University of Denver Trustee
1998 Anabel C. McHugh and Jerome P.Philanthropists; Education and leadership development sponsors
1997 E. Atwill Gilman*Community leader; Fund raising volunteer and philanthropist
1996 Dana H. CrawfordHistoric preservationist; Advocate for the redevelopment of Denver’s lower downtown
1995 Katherine W. Schomp*Community Volunteer; Advocate for education, mental health and the arts
1994 Nellie Mae DumanVolunteer leader and fundraiser for cultural and human service organizations
1993 Edward A. Robinson and Richard L. RobinsonCommunity leaders and advocates
1992 Edith M. Sherman, Ph.D.*Founder of Institute of Gerontology, University of Denver; Advocate for the poor, disadvantaged and elderly
1991 Elizabeth H. Paepcke*Philanthropist and co-founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies
1989 Sister Mary Andrew TalleChief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Hospital
1988 Beatrice W. Vradenburg*General Manager, Colorado Springs Symphony
1987 Ellen G. Harris*Community leader and volunteer
1986 Richard D. LammGovernor of Colorado, 1975 to 1987
1985 John C. Mitchell II*Former President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation
1984 William H. McNichols, Jr.*
Mayor of Denver 1969 to 1983

Science & Medicine

2013 Leslie Leinwand, Ph.D.Chief Scientific Officer of the University of Colorado’s BioFrontiers Institute
2012 Temple Grandin, Ph.D.Internationally Recognized Leader of the Animal Science Industry
2011 Marion DownsRenowned pediatric audiologist; Developed the first newborn hearing screening program that led to universal screening programs in the United States and beyond
2010 Charles A. Dinarello, M.D.Distinguished scientist and physician; University of Colorado professor; Leader in the field of cytokine biology
2009 Henry N. Claman, M.D.Distinguished physician, immunologist and University of Colorado professor; Leader in the fields of microbiology and immunology
2007/08 David J. Wineland, Ph.D.Atomic physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Leader in the field of low temperature atomic physics
2006 Deborah S. Jin, Ph.D.Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Expert in the field of ultracold Fermionic gases
2005 John L. Hall, Ph.D.Scientist emeritus of National Institute of Standards and Technology; 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics; Leading laser experimentalist
2004 Philippa Marrack, Ph.D. and John Kappler, Ph.D.Research scientists at the National Jewish Medical Center; First to isolate the T-cell receptor
2003 Stephen J. Withrow, D.V.M.Director of the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University; Pioneer in veterinary surgical oncology
2002 David W. Talmage, M.D.Professor of Microbiology, University of Colorado; Internationally renowned immunologist
2001 Robert W. Schrier, M.D.Professor and Department Chairman, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Renowned biomedical investigator, medical educator and expert on renal diseases
2000 Susan Solomon, Ph.D.Scientist and researcher, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Leading expert on the Antarctic ozone “hole”
1999 Warren M.
Washington, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Pioneered the creation of computer models to study the earth’s climate
1998 Robert T. Schooley, M.D.Professor and Department Head, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Leading specialist in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) treatment
1997 Carl E. Wieman, Ph.D.Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado, Helped create the form of matter predicted by Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose; 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics
1996 Victor M. Spitzer, Ph.D.Department of Radiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Created the world’s first computerized anatomy database programs
1995 John E. Repine, M.D.President of Webb-Waring Institute for Biomedical Research; Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Leading expert on Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome
1994 Marvin H. Caruthers, Ph.D.Chairman, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado; Developed a technique to produce synthetic DNA which accelerated the creation of insulin and other new drugs
1993 Randi J. Hagerman, M.D.Associate Director, Denver Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Pioneer in Fragile X Syndrome research
1992 David Patterson, Ph.D.President, Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research; Pioneered the development of somatic cell genetics and identified a gene associated with Lou Gehrig’s disease
1991 Geno Saccomanno, Ph.D.*Founder of School of Cytotechnology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction; Leading pulmonary cytologist who developed a methodology for early diagnosis of lung cancer
1989 Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D.Investigator for Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Laboratories; Established a link between RNA and the evolutionary chain of life; 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
1988 Gilbert F. White, Ph.D.*Gustavson Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado; Leading advocate for water resource protection and floodplain management
1987 Gordon Meiklejohn, M.D.*Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Pioneer in research on infectious diseases; including influenza
1986 Arthur Robinson, M.D.*Senior Staff of National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine; Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Leading researcher on human birth defects and founder of the first birth defect clinic
1985 Walter Orr Roberts, Ph.D.*President Emeritus, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder; Pioneer in modern climate studies
1984 Theodore T. Puck, Ph.D.*Director, Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research; Invented a method for growing cells that revolutionized the study of human genetics