Alumnus, longtime trustee and ardent champion of Mines dies
GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 7, 2010 – Ted P. Stockmar, a 1943 graduate of Colorado School of Mines and 33-year-member of the university’s Board of Trustees, died Dec. 28, 2009.
Ted served on Mines’ board of trustees from 1948 until 1981 and was chairman of the board from 1969 to 1979. He initiated the incorporation of the Colorado School of Mines Foundation in 1951 and continued to serve the foundation in many capacities throughout his life, as vice president, as founder and 30-year member of its investment committee, and later as a campaign committee member and honorary member of the foundation’s board of governors.
“Ted has left an indelible legacy on our campus,” said Mines President Bill Scoggins. “Since he began as a student here in the late 1930s, he was a genuine champion for Colorado School of Mines, always developing ways to enrich our expertise and rise to new levels of excellence. As an alumnus, his loyalty and generosity to the school were beyond compare.”
“As one of the longest-serving members of the board of trustees, a one-man investment committee in the early days of the CSM Foundation, an advocate for a broadened academic experience and a true philanthropist, Ted was a giant in the Mines community,” said David Wagner, chairman of the foundation board of governors and former Mines trustee.
Stockmar made his first contributions to Mines as a student leader. He was president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a colonel in the ROTC Cadet Corps, and president of both Tau Beta Pi and Theta Tau honorary societies. He was a four-year letter winner in football and member of the undefeated 1939 squad, as well as a member of the Intrafraternity Council, Blue Key, and Scabbard and Blade.
After graduating from Colorado School of Mines as a petroleum engineer, Stockmar entered WWII as 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers and later served as a B-24 and B-29 pilot instructor in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver in 1948 and went on to become partner of the Denver law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen. He retired from the firm in 1991 after a 40-year career, during which he distinguished himself as an incisive expert in natural resources law and land utilization.
As a member of the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees, Stockmar advocated for the establishment of a mineral economics program and a strengthened humanities curriculum. He was actively involved in developing the CSM Research Institute, the Colorado Energy Research Institute and the Potential Gas Agency at Mines. During his tenure, the first student housing was erected on campus, as well as the original student union and numerous academic buildings.
In addition to giving generously of his time in service to Colorado School of Mines and the CSM Foundation, Stockmar also made a substantial philanthropic commitment to the school. His lifetime gifts to Mines total more than $2 million, placing him in the Platinum level of the Mines Century Society, and among the school’s most generous benefactors.
In recognition of his leadership and advocacy, Stockmar was awarded the Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medal in 1987, the Mines Medal in 1989, and an Honorary Doctorate in 1997. He was an honorary member of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association since 1971.
A campus memorial service will be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the CSM Foundation, PO Box 4005, Golden, CO 80401-0005 or giving.mines.edu/give.