OBITUARY

Opinion
Jul 24, 2009
by WLJ
OBITUARY

Rollin Dwight Barnard

Rollie Barnard, retired financier and former mayor of Greenwood Village, CO, named Citizen of the West in 1994, died of cancer on July 2. He was 87. A celebration of his life is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m., July 29, at the Denver Zoo. Barnard was assistant postmaster general during part of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency and former president of the United States League of Savings and Loan Associations.

Barnard’s activities in the community were legion. He led a drive to raise money for the founding of the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1969 and was chairman of the 1962 University of Denver $25 million fund campaign.

He was on the board of directors of the National Western Stock Show, president of the Denver Area Boy Scouts Council, president of Midland Federal Savings and Loan Association, a founder of the Morris Animal Foundation, and on the Denver Zoo board of directors.

“Rollie was gutsy, tough as nails, but always fair and would always stick to what he thought was right,” said Pat Grant, president and chief executive of the stock show, which gives the Citizen of the West award each year. When he received the award, Barnard told a Denver newspaper that “when you want something done, you go to the willing mule,” and the more you do, the more you’re asked to do. “I’ve never undertaken anything that I didn’t want to get into up to my eyeballs,” he said. “He was a powerful leader who wasn’t afraid to take on controversial issues,” said Marvin Buckels, a former colleague at Midland Federal Savings.

Barnard was Greenwood Village mayor in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He retired in 1992 when he was president of Western Capital Investment Corp. For almost 30 years, Barnard rode the annual Roundup Riders of the Rockies, which takes week-long horseback treks.

Rollin Dwight Barnard, sometimes called “Tiny,” (he was 6 feet, 5 inches) was born in Denver on April 14, 1922. He graduated from East High School and earned a business degree at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. At Pomona, he met Patricia Reynolds Bierkamp They married on Sept. 15, 1943. “We were seated next to each other because our last names started with the same letter,” she said. Barnard was in the infantry during World War II and was in the Battle of the Bulge and the Normandy invasion. Before being assistant postmaster general, he was director of real estate for the U.S. Post Office.

In addition to his wife, Barnard is survived by two daughters, Becky Wulfestieg of Lakewood, CO, and Laurie Kostelecky of Littleton, CO; a son, Mike Barnard of Shelton, WA; six grandchildren; and 12 greatgrandchildren.

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