Donor Stories

David Cole '52

David Cole

David Cole graduated from Mines in 1952 with a professional degree in mining engineering and in 1956 with a master’s degree in mining engineering. After a long career in uranium exploration and the mining business, he retired as president of the Colorado Mining Association with 25 years of service. Cole died in 2016, but his legacy will continue at Mines because a significant gift commitment from the David R. Cole charitable lead trust is making scholarships possible for Mines undergraduate students with a preference for those interested in mining or petroleum engineering. Read More

Tim Bartshe '71 '73

Tim Bartshe

For many Mines graduates, the right brain doesn’t get worked as much as the left. For Tim Bartshe ’71 ’73, his studies in the geology department helped engage and challenge the more creative side of his brain, and led to a fulfilling career. Read More

Don '56, MS '61 and Pat Warner

Don and Pat Warner

Don Warner '56, MS '61 and his wife, Pat, have created two gift annuities. They saved on taxes when they funded the annuities, and now they receive guaranteed income for as long as they live. The Warners used cash to fund their annuities, but appreciated securities also work well for this type of gift. Using low-basis securities for a gift annuity allows you to avoid tax on a significant portion of capital gain. Read More

Ann and Hugh '49 Evans

Ann and Hugh Evans

When Ann Gullberg met Hugh Evans '49—he was her blind date at a fraternity costume party in January 1949—he'd already experienced years of danger and adventure. In the mountains near Fort Hale, Colo., Hugh had taken part in rigorous winter training exercises designed to prepare him for service in the 10th Mountain Division. This World War II division countered German forces on snow-packed mountains. He earned a Silver Star for his actions in a grueling battle at Mount Gorgolesco, Italy. Read More

Keith '52 and Mary Ann Kvenvolden

Keith and Marry Ann Kvenvolden

Keith '52 and Mary Ann Kvenvolden established the George T. Merideth Award for Early Leadership in Geophysical Engineering in 2012 to acknowledge outstanding graduating students in geophysics. Named in honor of Keith's favorite professor, G.T. Merideth, the endowed gift is a special way of saying 'thanks' and of honoring his memory. Read More

Steve Chesebro'

Steve Chesebro

When Steve Chesebro's dad dropped him off at Mines, he patted his son on the back, gave him $500 and wished him good luck; their next contact was years after graduation. Although that was a large amount of money at the time (Chesebro's parents were separated, and his mom was a bank teller who brought home $210 a month), Chesebro' '64 was grateful to receive an athletic scholarship for playing baseball and football, which enabled him to attend Mines. Read More

Edwin W. Peiker, Jr. '54

Edwin W. Peiker, Jr.

Edwin W. Peiker, Jr. graduated from Mines in 1954 with a degree in geological engineering. He enjoyed a successful career as a professor at CU's Department of Engineering Design and Economic Evaluation, in various positions with Climax Molybdenum and as President and COO of Royal Gold in Denver. Read More

Al Ireson '47

Al Ireson

Al Ireson '47 was not one of Mines’ wealthiest alumni, but he was among the most dedicated and loyal. He died in February, 2017, just prior to his 96th birthday. His lifetime of loyal contributions and his regular presence on campus made a meaningful impact on the school and the students of yesterday, today, and far into the future. Read More

Forest and Olivia Bommarito '03 '05

Forest and Olivia Bommarito

Heritage Society members Forest and Olivia Bommarito met at Mines where they earned their BS and ME degrees in petroleum engineering in the same years (2003 and 2005, respectively). Forest and Olivia set a great example for future Mines supporters and alums. Read More

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