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Harry Charles Hall was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He grew up poor but resourceful in Brooklyn, New York.
Harry earned a scholarship to a Catholic high school, joined the Navy and then went to Manhattan College on the GI bill. While a student he worked as a soda jerk to support himself and at the counter he met his to-be-wife Pauline Greeley, who had moved to the Big City from White Plains. They married in August 1951 with the first of their six children – Candice, Susan, Melinda, Stacy, Tracy, and Troy – arriving the next year.
Harry, ever hard working, pursued a personal career with a succession of multi-national firms, moving his growing family from New York, to Indonesia, to California, to Belgium, to Rhode Island and finally to New Jersey. After he and Pauline retired to Denver, Harry served as a president of Trout Unlimited, as a Roxborough Park ranger and as a board member on The Preserve homeowners association, he built trails, taught driving safety classes, and helped Pauline with her doll shop. They traveled widely, visiting the world, even Patagonia for fishing, and their dozen grandchildren – Jef. Thea, Trore, David, Kyle, Breda, Charlotte, Amy, Dana, Martin, Maja and Patrick – until Pauline’s death in 2009.
Greenwood Village formally declared a Harry Hall Day in thanks for his civic engagement. He taught safe driving classes at Greenwood for 10 years.
Harry married Sue Shulman, now Sue M. Hall, originally from Missouri, in February 2012. They moved to Holly Creek. Harry cared very much about his family, friends, and those he met in his travels. His children and grandchildren are honored by the legacy of his 88 years well lived.
Harry’s life will be celebrated on April 2 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Holly Creek Christian Living Community.
Funeral services for former Greenwood Village Mayor Harold W. Patton, Jr. will be held Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at Cherry Hills Community Church Memorial Chapel with a reception to follow. Patton died Feb. 28 at the age of 84. He served as mayor of Greenwood Village from 1969-1977. Patton’s obituary was in the March 3 edition of The Villager.
Colorado lost a truly remarkable woman in Diane Hoppe who died on Feb. 27. A native of Colorado and raised in Sterling, Hoppe spent almost 30 years in both the public and private sectors stewarding Colorado’s natural and agricultural resources.
“Representative Hoppe’s contribution to the State of Colorado was substantial and the loss of her leadership and friendship will be felt by many statewide,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Hoppe served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1999 through 2006 and chaired the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, the Water Interim Committee, and the Water Resources Review Committee, and served as Minority Whip. She was a founding member of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and served as President from 2002 through 2007. Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Diane to the Colorado Water Conservation Board as the South Platte Basin representative in 2012, and she was elected chair of the Board in 2015. Diane received many honors during her lifetime including the Colorado Water Congress 2013 Wayne N. Aspinall Award for Outstanding Water Leader.
Diane Hoppe’s spirit will forever be remembered and will serve as an inspiration to the many lives she touched.
Services for Diane will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, at Holy Comfortor Episcopal Church in Broomfield.
“A great leader for challenging times. Graceful in times of stress. Generous with her wisdom at all times. Her enduring legacy, leadership by example,” said Justice Greg Hobbs.
By Jan Wondra
Former Greenwood Village Mayor Harold W. Patton, Jr. died Feb. 28. Born in 1931, the Colorado native was 85. He was mayor during one of the most formative times in the history of Greenwood Village, from 1969 to 1977.
“I had the distinct honor and pleasure of knowing Harold Patton personally, not withstanding the hiatus between our service as mayors,” said Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky. “He was an extremely articulate person who had an engaging personality and maintained the ability to relate til lthe very end of his life.”
Patton grew up to become an Air Force pilot and moved to Greenwood Village in 1964. He served on the Colorado Aeronautical Board and was involved in the Arapahoe County Airport, which became today’s Centennial Airport.
Prior to 1967, Greenwood Village was predominately a residential area, with homes, farms and open space. Patton was elected to the City Council in 1965, just as the city was turning from rural to suburban. George Wallace, whose purchase of 40 acres at the edge of Denver had turned him into a developer, approached then- Mayor John Wood about annexing what he had begun to call the Denver Technological Center in to Greenwood Village. When Patton became mayor in 1969, he oversaw the transition from a city government based on residential property tax to a tax base built on commercial business to cover the cost of road maintenance, police protection and other services. Annexations also gave Greenwood Village the ability to control zoning in areas near existing neighborhoods.
The nearly decade-long expansion of Greenwood Village led by Patton created the outlines of the city today.
Patton himself defined it this way: “My council was made up entirely of business people, who were very bright. They knew that homes do not pay for themselves. The city needed a larger tax base.”
The 1975 annexation of land in the DTC and Greenwood Plaza, as well as land toward the east, blocked Denver’s attempted moves to the south and east, protecting the tax base for Cherry Creek Schools.
These moves (by Denver) “would leave Cherry Creek Schools standing empty with people paying for bonds,” said Patton.
The 1970s were known in Greenwood Village as an era of good government. Not only did Greenwood Village withdraw from the recreation district and create its own Parks Trails and Recreation, it began to focus on public spaces and art. In 1978, Greenwood Village government got a new home, building a two-structure complex at 6060 S. Quebec St.
Shirley Anne Smith died Feb. 11. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gerald Smith and her three children, Nathan Smith, Matthew Smith, Anne Smith and five grandchildren.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah, major in English, minor in art. She was an award-winning, experienced, creative editor and journalist. Skills also included writing, community relations and public speaking.
She was a reporter and editor for the South Suburban Sentinel newspaper, Littleton Sentinel Independent newspaper, Get up and Go magazine (formerly Beacon Review newspaper) and The Villager newspaper.
She was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1987, received two National Mature Media Awards, awards from the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Society of Professional Journalist, National Federation of Press Women and Colorado Press Women state sweepstakes winner.
She won more than 30 awards from Colorado Press Women, including first place honors in feature, interview, news, play review, book review, editorials, columns and special supplements.
In the community she was on the Volunteers of America Centennial committee, National Press Foundation, AARP Fellowship in Washington D.C., board member of Denver Women’s Press Club and Salute to Seniors event.
She lived in Littleton for 50 years.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m., at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial.
Sheldon Roger of Cherry Hills Village died Feb. 20. He was born June 15, 1929, to Sarah and Abraham Roger in Gary, Indiana, the second of three children.
He graduated from Indiana University on June 12, 1950, with an undergraduate degree in anatomy and physiology and was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.
He earned his Doctorate in Medicine from Indiana University on his 24th birthday, June 15, 1953, and completed an internship and residency in surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC in 1955.
He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Core from 1955 – 1957 with the majority of that time spent at Fort Lewis base in Tacoma, Washington
He moved to Colorado and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Colorado Medical School in 1960 with orthopedic practice at Rose Medical Center, VA hospital doctor and volunteer for more than 50 years serving as Chief of Orthopedics for a short period of time for the VA in 1997-1998
He was the team orthopedic physician for the Denver Nuggets (his dream job) for 12 years.
He was an associate clinical professor of medicine in the department of orthopedics at the University of Colorado Medical School. He was dearly beloved by all of his patients and colleagues.
Skiing with family and friends was one of his greatest joys. Golf was his real passion. He belonged to Green Gables for many years and was an accomplished golfer. Shelly competed and won numerous tournaments while a member there.
Shelly played the violin and the piano. He started playing the piano at age 5. To earn money in high school he played the piano for ballet classes. Played in his high school orchestra and was concertmaster.
During the last three years of his life, with his own memory issues, he would go to retirement homes and play the old classics once a week for memory care patients. This brought him great joy and purpose. When asked why he did this, he said he felt he needed to give something of joy to those who could not get it for themselves.
Music was truly one of Shelly’s lifelong passions. He loved sharing that passion with his friends and dinner parties and with his grandchildren whenever they came to the house.
He loved the opera and loved classical music.
He was an avid Denver Broncos fan and season ticket holder since their inaugural season in 1960.
Contributions in Shelly’s memory can be made to The Denver Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association of the Rocky Mountains.
He was so very proud of his family, his children their successes and what great parents they all are to their own children. Sheldon is survived by the love of his life, Carol; children, David Roger, Stephen (Juliet) Roger and Dr. Jeffrey (Dr. JoAnna) Roger, Stephanie Kingdom (Dr. Todd) , David (Molly) Rudnick and brother Dr. Burton (Alfie) Roger.
He is also survived by his nine grandchildren: Jack and Andrew Roger, Ben and Nathan Kingdom, Annie, Emily and Samantha Rudnick and Julian and Lauren Roger. Also the family dogs: Snej, Bob, Georgia and Peyton.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St. in Denver.
Save the Caucus has been registered as a Colorado political committee. John Wren announced the new Save the Caucus effort on a video that can be seen on www.JohnWren.com and on YouTube and Google+ Hangouts.
“The Caucus killers are coming,” said Wren in the video. “Any one who is not against the Colorado Caucus is for us. Legislators and party leaders who have been entrusted with this wonderful grassroots system will very likely face a recall if try to kill it.
“Attend one of your neighborhood’s March 1 Colorado caucuses. If you were affiliated by the deadline you can vote, otherwise attend to just observe and report what you see. Community newspapers are urged to ask their readers to file reports as citizen journalists. $5,000 is being raised to create a contest for Citizen Journalism and/or Reporting on the Colorado Caucus with the Colorado Press Association.”
The original Save the Caucus was formed by Wren, Frank Sullivan, Bill Armstrong and others in 2002 to fight Amendment 29, which would have killed the grassroots system. Despite being outspent 1400 to 1 the committee was able to defeat Amendment 29, 60 percent – 40 percent.
Wren’s neighbor was Lyle Lindesmith, who for years lead a program called Action Class in Practical Politics that taught hundreds of Colorado citizens how to run for elected public office or to help get other good people elected. Wren helped Lindesmith with what is believed to be the last session. It was held in the old Petroleum Club Building, and was attended by someone with no political experience who is now a well known Denver political figure who served in many capacities and been elected repeatedly at the local and state level until recent retirement.
For more information and to volunteer contribute money, call 303-861-1447.
Franklin Kenney Southworth
Second generation native Denverite Frank Southworth was born at Denver’s Mercy Hospital where his grandfather, Dr. Franklin Kenney, was chief of staff in 1925.
In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps the day before his 18th birthday. He served overseas in Okinawa and the Philippines and was honorably discharged three years later. After serving in the military, he entered the University of Kentucky and graduated with a degree in economics in 1950.
He married his wife of 66 years, Doris, while in college and was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After graduation, he joined Gulf Oil Corp. in Boston, Massachusetts. Their first child, Glenn, was born in 1952. In 1955, he and his wife were transferred to Denver as Gulf’s resident manager of marketing and real estate. Their son, Glenn, passed away from leukemia in 1957.
Frank left Gulf Oil in 1958 to start Horizon’s Inc., a commercial construction company with two partners. In 1960, he was appointed Manager of Revenue for the City and County of Denver by then Mayor Richard Batterton. At 34 years of age, he was the youngest to hold that position in the city’s history, at that time. That same year, his daughter, Nancy (Puckett), was born. During that period he was also a member of the first Board of Directors of the Denver Metro Sanitation District 1 (’61-’63). In 1963 his son Scott was born. That same year, Frank joined OK Tire & Rubber Co. Inc. in Littleton and became their general sales manager. He was part of the ownership syndicate, which eventually sold to Ashland Oil Co. in 1966. After the sale, Frank formed his own Real Estate Co, Southworth & Co.
In 1967, Frank was chairman of the Colorado Reagan for President Committee through the Republican National Convention in Miami to which he was the alternate delegate from Colorado (1968). In a citywide election in 1969, Frank was elected to the Denver Board of Education for a six-year term with 76,000 votes, the largest in history to that time. He served as president of the Denver School Board from 73-74. In 1972, Frank was elected to two terms to the Colorado House of Representatives. In 1974, he received the Republican nomination to run for the U.S. Congressional seat in District 1. In 1975, Frank was the founding director and the first president of the National Association for Neighborhood Schools Inc.
He continued his public service by serving on the boards of the Denver Art Museum, Centennial Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Foundation for State Parks, the Quick Foundation and the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation. Frank was also a member of the Metro Capital improvement District, Municipal Finance Officers Assoc., National Association of Realtors and the National Rifle Assoc., a Kentucky Colonel and attended Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church.
Frank is survived by his wife Doris, daughter Nancy, son Scott, daughter-in-law Suzie, son-in law Jeff Puckett and only grandchild, Chase.
Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m., at Greenwood Community Church with a reception at 4 p.m. at Cherry Hills Country Club, 4125 S. University Blvd., Cherry Hills Village.
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