Class Notes & In Memoriam

This entry is part 18 of 28 in the series Fall - 2017

Class Notes & In Memoriam

Class Notes

*indicates member of the Alumni Association


IVO LINDAUER (Ph.D., ’70) recently published Up the Creek, a novel about hard-working pioneers near Parachute Creek on Colorado’s Western Slope.

PERRY GOORMAN (’73) was elected vice president of the Scottsdale Bar Association for the 2017-18 year and has been re-elected to the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association for 2017-19.

DR. VICTOR MIGUEL PONCE (Ph.D., ’76) was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the National University of Cajamarca in recognition of his outstanding research in the field of hydraulic and hydrologic engineering.


MICHAEL BECKER (’87) has been accepted into one of the most prestigious art schools in the world, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, in the class of 2019. Richard DeVore, a Cranbrook alumnus and former CSU professor and department head, was one of Becker’s most influential teachers.

THOMAS TAN (M.S., ’88) finished the Hong Kong Marathon in February 2017. It was his fourth marathon in one year, after the Orange County, San Francisco, and New York City marathons. He looks forward to running more marathons in the upcoming year.


CHRISTINA BOYD (’94), a Merrill Lynch financial advisor based in Wayzata, Minn., was named to Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State list and Forbes’ America’s Top Women Advisors list.

BRANDEE CASWELL (’96) has been selected for the 2017 “Top Litigator” award by Law Week Colorado. The award is given to lawyers who excel inside and outside of the courtroom in plaintiff and defense work, and in trials and appeals. Caswell is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and leads the firm’s real estate litigation practice.

DAVID GILTNER (P.h.D., ’96) published Turning Science into Things People Need, and just launched a new site, He travels to universities around the world coaching science and engineering students on designing and building rewarding careers in industry.

JENNIFER (WILLIAMS) LEVASSEUR (’96) has been named executive director of the Making Strategy Happen Foundation, the charitable arm of Execution Specialists Group, a strategy execution-focused consultancy based in Denver.

STEVE LEMIG (’99) was promoted to senior copy editor at Road Runner Sports, the largest running and walking store in the world. He also recently ran 42 miles completing a rim-to-rim-to-rim double crossing of the Grand Canyon in just over 14 hours, the complete story of which is published at

RYAN SANGER (’99) was admitted as partner of Anton Collins Mitchell LLP. ACM is a full-service public accounting firm headquartered in Denver, Colo., with offices in Boulder, Greeley, and Laramie, Wyo. Sanger joined ACM in 2014 and heads the firm’s Northern Colorado tax practice in Greeley.


SARAH (BECHTOLD) BRAUER (’00) earned her master’s degree in psychology: human factors from the University of Idaho in May.

CHRISTINA HOVLAND (’02) has been named a finalist in the contemporary category of the 2017 Gold Heart awards for her manuscript, Things I’ll Never Say. The award recognizes excellence in unpublished romance fiction manuscripts through Romance Writers of America.

JUSTIE (COYNE) NICOL (’04) returned to Fort Collins in 2015 to open her own business, Nicol Law Offices, LLC, and to help manage commercial property for her family. Nicol Law Offices is located in the Campus West Shops at Shields and Elizabeth. In January of this year, Justie and her husband, Zach Nicol (a Fort Collins native), welcomed a son, Logan James Nicol, to their family.

DEVIN MURPHY’S (M.F.A.,’09) debut novel The Boat Runner is being published in September 2017 by Harper Collins. The book tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad.


LINDSEY EARL (’13) has been named a Newman Civic Fellow with Campus Compact, a national nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.


Did you get a new job or promotion? Move to a new city? Take a vacation in Paris? Tell your fellow classmates about these and all your news with a class note in Colorado State Magazine. We do not publish pregnancies or engagements. Please notify us once the wedding or birth has occurred, and we will gladly publish the happy news. Photos are welcomed and will be run alongside the note if the quality is adequate for print. Colorado State Magazine will also publish notice of death for alumni, faculty, and friends. Colorado State Magazine will not publish notices for those who passed away more than one year prior to the month of the publication. At the discretion of the editor, Colorado State Magazine may choose to highlight and lengthen notes for prominent alumni, faculty, or friends, depending on available space and estimated reader interest.

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Please submit your class notes to,

(800) 286-2586, or to:

FORT COLLINS, CO 80523-7114

In Memoriam

*indicates member of the Alumni Association


*Amy Turner (’38)


Dr. Melvin Beach (D.V.M., ’41)

Shirley Gausman (’42)

*Eugene Markley (’47)

*Marilyn M. McKim (’48)

*Donald Swanson (’49)


James L. Chapman (’50)

Robert K. Griffin (’52)

Edward G. Stone (’52)

Howard A. Beede (’53)

Wayne Ball (’54)

Charles C. Brown (’54)

Robert F. Reisbeck (’54)

Myna Litke (’56)

*Dorothy Tucker (’57)

*George Hoar (’59)

*Howard V. Lowell (’59)

Elizabeth A. Powell (’59)


Robert W. King (’61)

Hiram B. Smith (’61)

*Dan Burgess (’62)

DR. Hugh A. Haller (D.V.M., ’62)

*Eugene Anderson (’68)

Alice Lynn (’68)

Keith Neal (M.Ed., ’68)


Christine McQuain (’70)

Janice Labus (’71)

John H. Nydahl (Ph.D., ’71)

Kenneth Johnson (’72)

Frances Krupa (’74)

Ralph L. Williams (’75)

Steven R. Schiesswohl (’78)

Edwin Cranson (’79)

Charlene F. Hannah (’79)


*Susan Epstein (’82)

Cynthia K. Jay (M.S., ’83)

Matthew J. Echtermeyer (’89)


Jill L. Renno (’90)

Bernard Wernsman (M.S., ’90)

Angela Dixon (’91)

Todd M. Lutz (’93)


John A. Cannon (M.M., ’03)

William Linnebur (’06)


Alex M. Graham (’15)

Jie Luo (’17)


Sean A. Keaveney

Bill Tiley

Devin M. Wyatt


Gordon Niswender, Ph.D.

George Angelton, Ph.D.

Evangelos Vlachos, Ph.D.


Howard K. Delozier

Beverly Doig

Deanna C. Hicks

Ursula M. Laas

Geraldine Madden

Steve Mellin

*Janice M. Peck

Robert Rawlings

Jamie K. Redmond

Stanley Usel

Debra Zook

Jerry RobbeJERRY ROBBE (’56)

Clarence Gerald (Jerry) Robbe, in his family’s eyes, “led a great life.” A large portion of that centered around his love for Colorado State University.

Robbe (BS Agricultural Sciences, ’56) died June 19 in Pueblo. He was a highly respected cattle rancher, a dedicated researcher, a promoter of his beloved Colorado State Fair, and a dedicated Aggie and Ram saw his life forever changed at CSU.

“Jerry was an amazing alumnus who inspired two subsequent generations of his family to become Rams,” said Kristi Bohlender, executive director of CSU’s Alumni Association. “We are very saddened by his passing while also recognizing the amazing contributions he made to CSU, agriculture, our state, and our country.”

Jerry started dating a Pueblo acquaintance – Charlene “Punky” Baldwin – while at CSU; they married and had two daughters: Deborah Robbe and Jane Robbe Rhodes, currently treasurer for the CSU System Board of Governors. Two grandchildren – Sarah and Jimmy Rhodes – are current CSU students.

Jerry joined the Army after graduation (he and Punky were part of the last graduating class at Colorado A&M before it transitioned to CSU in 1957) and was part of the first group of military personnel to work on the country’s nuclear missile program in Sandia, N.M. He also was involved in early embryo transplant research at CSU, and was a frequent lecturer at campus animal sciences classes.

He started the family cattle business, including a commercial feedlot, and helped introduce Limousin cattle from France into U.S. markets. He worked with the National Cattlemen’s Association, was president of Colorado Cattle Feeders, and served as a national and international cattle judge.

Jerry was lauded in his hometown of Pueblo for helping grow the Colorado State Fair into one of the top state fairs in the country. He was on the Colorado State Fair Commission Board, and also served as president and general manager.

He and Punky were also very active in youth activities through their affiliation with Ascension Episcopal Church in Pueblo.

Memorials can be sent to Ascension Episcopal Church, 420 W. 18th St., Pueblo, CO 81003, or CSU’s Department of Animal Sciences, www.csugifts@

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