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C. Grant Wilkins was born Oct. 23, 1926, in Ft. Worth, Texas to Clarence Gorham Wilkins and Elsie Duffel Grant Wilkins. Four years later his brother James was born.
His early years included belonging to the Boy Scouts and achieving the Eagle Scout Award, showing early signs of “Service Above Self.” Grant graduated from the University of Denver in 1947. There he met his first wife, Diane Schoelzel. They were married in 1947 and the couple had three children, Shari, Mark and Steve.
Both Diane and Grant were stricken with polio in 1951-1952. Grant recovered after hospitalization and therapy. Diane spent the next 13 years of her life in an iron lung, or on a respirator. Diane died in 1964.
Being an incredibly lucky man, Grant met and married Marlene Siems in 1965. The next 52 years were lived in love, loyalty and an incredible partnership. Together they traveled the world and exemplified the Rotary motto, service above self, as they worked on worldwide polio eradication, clean water, Rotary Foundation scholars and peace initiatives. Grant served as a Denver Rotary president, district governor and as a Rotary International director. He also worked to establish the Artist of America Exhibit. The show was an annual Denver event for 20 years and raised money for youth and education in Denver metro area.
Polio eradication was a passion for Grant and Marlene. As a survivor, whose family was directly impacted by polio, Grant approached the eradication and fundraising efforts with passion. Grant’s memoir, Two Drops That Changed the World (2017), is a chronicle of the ways in which polio and Rotary changed lives, in the past and in the present. Grant had been involved with the University of Denver since his graduation in 1946. In 2014 he received the Daniel L. Ritchie Award for Colorado Ethics in Business. In 2015 Grant was named Humanitarian of the Year by the DU Korbel School of International Studies. He remained active in DU Alumni activities until shortly before his death. Along the way Grant served as a board member for Swedish Hospital, the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, N.M., the Mesa Verde Foundation, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and the Colorado History Museum. He also served as a Colorado Highway Commissioner.
Grant loved the outdoors including skiing, golf, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and miles and miles of walking. Grant and Marlene loved all things Southwest and amassed an extensive collection of Native American art and artifacts. Grant enjoyed time with his family especially with his grandchildren Ben (Josephine), Newlin (Hallie) and Tahra and great grandchildren Teddy and Celeste.
Grant is survived by his wife, Marlene, his daughter Shari (Deborah) and son Mark (Joanne). He is also survived by his brother Jim Wilkins and many nieces and nephews. Grant was preceded in death by his first wife, Diane Schoelzel and his youngest son, Steven Grant Wilkins.
A Memorial Service for Grant was held May 30, at St. Andrew Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made payable to: Polio Plus, The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60693.
Molloy family photo in 1992 with Liliane Yerex, 99, standing. Seated on the stairs bottom left Robert (Bob) Molloy, Natli Molloy, Margaret (Peggy) Molloy-Lutz. Second row: Natli VanDerWerken, Thomas Molloy, Carolyn Mulligan. Back row: John Molloy and Robert Molloy, Jr. Photo courtesy of Natli VanDerWerken
Natli Yerex Molloy was a force of nature in Greenwood Village for half a century
BY FREDA MIKLIN
Natli Yerex Molloy died peacefully in her sleep June 13, 2018 at the age of 91, nearly four years after losing her husband of 63 years, Robert J. (Bob) Molloy. Natli and Bob were the parents of three daughters and three sons.
Natli was born April 6, 1927, to Lowell Yerex and Liliane Rasmussen.
She attended St. Joseph’s University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then transferred to St. Mary’s, Notre Dame, where she met her future husband, Bob.
Bob and Natli Molloy were married in 1951 and moved to Colorado. Bob was a WWII veteran who graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in chemical engineering and worked for Martin Company (later Martin Marietta and now Lockheed Martin Space Systems). Bob died July 12, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.
The Molloys bought property in the rural area of Greenwood Village and set out to build a house in 1965. Bob designed the house and Natli was the general contractor. They poured the foundation the day of the 1965 flood. All their children were sitting in the family’s 1960 Buick Electra 225 while the rain fell in buckets and the cement trucks slipped in the mud, sliding closer and closer to the High Line Canal. Builders who lived in the area were taking bets that Natli couldn’t get that house built. She did it in six months and under budget.
In 1977, Natli was elected to the Greenwood Village City Council. She remained there until 1985, then ran for mayor, losing to Freda Poundstone. Not one to give up on the city she loved, she turned her attention to the Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council, where she served for over 20 years. She was the driving force behind saving the one-room schoolhouse Curtis School, which her two youngest sons attended, and making it the Curtis Center for the Arts.
She was the leader of the Greenwood Village Farmers 4-H group for 20 years. The 4-H members, including the Molloy children, planted trees from CSU along both sides of University Boulevard (which was a two-lane road) from the fire station south to Orchard Avenue. Some of the trees are still there.
Throughout her life, Natli was intimately involved with the growth of the city, working to maintain the rural character that drew so many residents, while reaching out to John Madden, Buz Koelbel and other developers to create a sound financial foundation for the city. Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky called her a “founding mother” of the city and recalls her as a positive force who cared about everything that happened in Greenwood Village. Heather Vidlock, Greenwood Village’s community development director recalled Natli as an iconic figure who interacted with everyone on anything related to development. This reporter saw Natli Molloy many times while serving 11 years on the GV Board of Adjustments and Appeals. She often came to testify when variances to the city’s zoning code were sought by new homeowners. Natli knew the history and she was very protective of the rules that made Greenwood Village unique and beautiful.
Natli Yerex Molloy grew up in Central and South America, particularly in Honduras and Argentina, later moving to Los Angeles, Calif. She spoke fluent Spanish. She often went flying with the pilots who worked for her father, Lowell Yerex. Natli and her brother went down into the cone of an active volcano, visited Errol Flynn on his yacht in the Caribbean with her brother, studied ballet and was a wonderful dancer. She loved the music of Henri Mancini, Mantovani, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and Johnny Mathis.
On Natli’s final Sunday on this earth, her eldest daughter and namesake put together a playlist of the music she loved and played it for her. She told her daughter that she loved Cole Porter’s, Begin the Beguine. She said, “They played it all the time in Central and South America because it was so beautiful.”
Natli Yerex Molloy will be laid to rest in Fort Logan National Cemetery alongside her husband Bob Molloy.
The Rosary will be held June 26 at 9:45 a.m. followed by the Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Littleton. Burial will be at noon at Fort Logan National Cemetery and celebration of her life between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Inn at Hudson Gardens.
It is with great sadness that Mariye Susan (Susie) Lochmiller passed away on May 16, 2018, at the age of 66 following several weeks of declining health. She was married to Kurt Lochmiller for 39 years and was a loving mother to Margaux Williamson (Patrick Williamson), Chase Lochmiller (Devon Lochmiller), and Reid Lochmiller. She lived in Cherry Hills Village for 31 years and spent her final two years living in Castle Pines with her husband, Kurt. She was born on November 9, 1951, to Aiko and James Mizuki and spent most of her early life in Seattle, WA. She graduated from the University of Washington as part of the class of 1973 with a B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature. She worked as a flight attendant for 14 years for Frontier Airlines, before focusing full time on her family. She married Kurt Lochmiller on August 25, 1979, in her hometown of Seattle, Wash. Apart from her family, her greatest passion was getting creative in the kitchen. She was well known for hosting dinner parties for her friends and family where no one ever went home hungry. She was loved and adored by many, but most of all by her husband and children all of whom she loved and was proud of.
Services will be held at Saint John’s Cathedral on June 15 at 11 a.m. with a reception at The Village Club at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a gift to support Dr. Allen’s heart transplant program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Please send your gift in memory of Susie Lochmiller to University of Colorado Foundation, P.O. Box 17126, Denver CO 80217. Please make checks payable to the CU Foundation, and in the memo line write Lochmiller Cardiology Fund. Gifts may also be made online at giving.cu.edu/lochmiller-fund.
The firstborn son of Elizabeth Jean and Leo Frohlich, Mark was born May 25, 1942, in Ponca City, Okla., followed by his brothers David, Phil, Steve and Paul Frohlich. He came to Colorado to study at the University of Denver, where he earned a B.A. in accounting and an MBA in finance and economics. It was there that he met his life partner, Anna Lee Ames Nowell.
Mark first worked in public accounting and commercial banking, but his true passion was for being a financial adviser. His careful work, that he loved so much, was as an investment adviser with Smith Barney, A.G. Edwards, Wachovia and Wells Fargo Advisors. For Mark, the most rewarding part of his work was building deep and lasting relationships with his clients. He will be remembered as a man of great integrity, warmth, and dignity and as someone who took great pleasure in caring for others.
Mark participated in a wide variety of civic, educational, and recreational activities as a member, board member, or finance committee chairman for many organizations including: University of Denver Alumni Association, Colorado School of Banking (instructor), Girl Scouts Mile High Council, Mile High United Way, Bear Creek Water and Sanitation District, American BUDO College (martial arts), Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival and Ragtime Society of Colorado. He also served as a mentor to college seniors entering the financial services workforce.
On April 30, 2018, Mark Frohlich passed suddenly at his home in Lakewood. He is survived by many, including his beloved wife of 53 years, Anna Lee; his daughters Liz Frohlich (of San Rafael, Calif.), Peggy Frohlich (of Carlisle, Penn.) and Asherah Allen (of South Hadley, Mass.); dear niece Esther Becker (Moraga, Calif.) and his grandchildren Mark Salama, Rosalie Bridge and Amy Salama.
In lieu of flowers, please give donations in Mark’s name to Doctor’s Care. Send check to Doctors Care Attn. Barb Hanson 609 West Littleton Blvd., Suite 100 Littleton, CO 80120. A celebration of his life is planned for June 10.
Stephen D. Hogan, Mayor of Aurora, passed away May 13, 2018. He was 69 years old.
Hogan honorably served as mayor of Aurora from 2011 until his passing. His time as mayor was preceded by 24 years on the city council.
The Hogan family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mayor Stephen D. Hogan Memorial Fund via a link that will be on the city’s website at AuroraGov.org early this week. Donations will be distributed to the following causes important to Mayor Hogan, the University of Denver Stephen D. Hogan Scholarship Fund, the 7/20 Memorial Fund, the Aurora Korean Memorial Fund and the Aurora History Museum.
Memorial service Sat., May 19, 11 a.m. at the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora located at 14401 E. Exposition Ave.
Donald H. Keats, 88, died April 27, 2018, following a period of declining health.
Dr. Keats was an award-winning composer and Professor Emeritus of composition at the University of Denver. He taught at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music between 1976 and his retirement in 1999, holding the Lawrence C. Phipps chair in the Humanities for three years. He previously taught at Antioch College in Yellow Spring, Ohio between 1957 and 1976. He was also visiting composer at the Aspen Music Festival, where he taught a course in contemporary music under the auspices of the University of Denver. He was twice a Fulbright Scholar and twice a Guggenheim Fellow, with concerts devoted to his music in London (U.S. Embassy), Tel Aviv (U.S. Embassy), Jerusalem, (Khan Theatre), New York and the University of Denver. He was also an accomplished pianist and conductor. His symphonic music (including his Elegiac Symphony, written upon the death in infancy of his first-born son) was widely performed. Dr. Keats’s most well-known work, his piano sonata, has also been widely performed; the sonata, and his String Quartet No. 2, were also commercially recorded. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.
He spent his final years in the beautiful home he and his wife, Ellie, designed looking out upon the red-rock vistas of his beloved Rockies.
Dr. Keats was predeceased by his wife, the poet Eleanor B. Keats, and by his son Jeremy. He is survived by his loving family, daughter Gigo Pagani (Mike Fox), son Jeffrey Keats (Lynne Keats), daughter Jocy Upton (Todd Upton), and four grandchildren, Allegra, Michael, Alessandra and Julian.
Graveside services were held April 29 at Emanuel Cemetery.
Contributions to Cure Autism Now, Eery Creature Counts, University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Joanne was born in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of John Vincent Atanasoff and Lura Meeks Atanasoff. John was a professor of physics at Iowa State University and credited with inventing the first electronic digital computer. Due to her older sister, Elsie’s, ill health, the family relocated to Boulder, when Joanne was 14. She attended the University Hill Junior High School and Boulder High School, becoming a cheerleader, talent show winner, member of the Thespian Dramatic Honor Society, the Odoroloc staff and a class officer. At the University of Colorado, she joined the Chi Omega Sorority, served as a cheerleader and Engineering Ball Queen.
She married Charles Gathers, also from Boulder, in 1952, and moved with her husband to Champaign-Urbana, Ill. She was active with the YMCA cabinet, graduated with a BA from the University of Illinois, majoring in art and taught school. Following a two-year stint in the Army in Frankfurt, Germany, the couple moved to Birmingham, Mich. where her husband worked as an architect for Eero Saarinen. The couple returned to Colorado, living in Denver, where Chuck established an architectural and planning practice. While in Denver, Joanne was active in many social groups including Toastmasters, and the Republican Party. She was a founder and served as the fifth president of the Cancer League of Colorado (CLC).
In 1988 the couple moved to Orange County, Calif. where Joanne became president of the Newcomers Organization, serving two terms.
Because of her great contributions to her ancestral country of Bulgaria, she was awarded the highest medal, “Order of the Madera Horseman, 1st Class.”
The couple traveled extensively during their 65-year marriage, visiting over 80 countries.
Joanne is survived by her husband, Charles Gathers of Laguna Niguel, Calif., her children Charles Jr. of Laguna Niguel, Eero of Monrovia, Calif., and her daughter, Tammara Burton of Danville, Calif., she has five grandchildren and a brother, John Vincent Atanasoff II, of Boulder. Local relatives include Robert and Marty Gathers of Parker.
A memorial burial service at sea is planned for Saturday, June 23, from Dana Point Dock, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Donations in her memory may be made to Cancer League of Colorado, P.O. Box 5373, Englewood, 80155 or make a donation online at cancerleague.z2systems.com/np/clients/cancerleague/donation.
Colonel (Ret.) Gerhardt Christopher Clementson of the United States Air Force Academy died on Feb. 21, 2018 at the age of 100. He passed away peacefully at his residence, Mapleton Care Center in Lakewood. Clementson was a decorated veteran and recognized as one of the founders of the United States Air Force Academy.
He is survived by his three daughters, Janet and Nora Clementson in Littleton, Barbara and Ron Downing in Puyallup, Wash.; his grandsons Jeff, Justin, Jeremy and Joe Downing, by Justin’s daughter, Alix Downing; his nephews, Conrad Clementson, Ken and Bob Randall and Jim Moore; his nieces, Mercedes Shetter, Elaine Cole, Ginny Moore and Marlene Clementson.
Clem (as his Army buddies called him) was born on May 3, 1917, in Black Earth, Wisc., to Oscar and Clara Sophia (Bragger) Clementson, who proceeded him in death along with his wife EvLynn Clementson.
The start of Clem’s advanced education began at age 17 when he joined the Army to attend the West Point Preparatory School, testing out among the top graduates. As a result of this standing, he was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
At West Point, Clem enjoyed competing in both hockey and soccer. His lifetime love for horses began when learning to ride horses before the end of the cavalry. His connection with horses was enhanced when “riding to the hounds” at the Arapahoe Hunt with his daughters Barbara and Janet. The hunt was held at Colonel Phipps Ranch, which became known as Highlands Ranch. The Colonel taught all his girls to ride at Lowry Air Force Base and the Air Force Academy.
After graduation in 1942, his military career literally took off as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. During World War II he patrolled the Northwestern Pacific Coast, looking for any sign of Japanese submarines. He also escorted B-17s on bombing missions. His closest call was when he lost both engines in his P-38 while approaching Williams Air Force Base in Arizona. As the Colonel told the story, “[after] finding a clear space to land, the biggest damn boulder I’d ever seen appeared out of nowhere and I smacked right into it.”
He was transferred to a military hospital where it was determined his wounds were not serious but was hit by a bombshell … the good kind — a Scotch-Irish Army Nurse named EvLynn Thrasher. He recalls “she was the nicest looking redhead I’d ever seen!” The Colonel used to brag about the most outrageous part of their courtship was when he brazenly flew a military plane under the Golden Gate Bridge to impress his stowaway girlfriend, EvLynn.
After a whirlwind courtship of only one month, they were secretly married by a Justice of the Peace, against all military war regulations. They were blessed with three daughters Barbara, Janet and Nora. Each child was born in various places while the Clementson clan moved, as military families do.
During his persistent education in the Air Force, he continued by earning a Master of Science in aerodynamics from California Institute of Technology; Master of Science in aeronautical engineering; and a Doctor of Science in instrumentation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 1945, he served as chief, Fighter Aircraft Systems, the Experimental Flight Test Division. He was promoted to director of Fighter Aircraft Systems, Directorate of Aerospace Armament, Air Force Research and Development Command, in Dayton, Ohio.
In 1955, the Colonel was assigned to Lowry Air Force Base in Denver to participate in the establishment of the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs. He became a professor and head of the Aero and Thermodynamics Department, where he undertook the development of the Wind Tunnel Lab, which became known as “Clem’s Foley”.
After retirement from the Air Force in 1961, the Colonel accepted a position with North American Aviation in Downey, Calif. He served as director of Aerospace Technology, Space and Information Systems Division and was the technical director of the Apollo Project.
Returning to Denver he began a new job as a professor of Computer and Management Science at Metropolitan State College. After serving as the department chairman and helping to create a strong Information Systems program he retired a second time. After his “final retirement”, Clem consulted in a micro-computer business he developed.
He enjoyed teaching so much, he accepted a contract to teach Air Force personnel in the (then) new language of COBOL.
The Colonel continued his life by spending time with EvLynn, Rotary and golfing. The Rotarians considered him as a rare gift. Seldom does one come into contact with a person exhibiting such a positive outlook, regardless of circumstances. His smile was infectious and genuine. I guess you could say that Clem embodied the “Four Way Test” of Rotary; 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendship? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Colonel Clementson, in the truest sense of the word, was an officer, a scholar, and most of all a gentleman to all. A better example could seldom be found today. He gave of himself unselfishly and dedicated his life to only the worthiest of causes for the betterment of his community and country. His understanding, acceptance and wry humor were both a balm for ragged nerves and a boost for the spirits of those he engaged with.
The memorial for Clementson will be held March 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave. in Cherry Hills Village. The interment will follow at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. with Military Honors.
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