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Former CU president, lawmaker John Buechner dies

Author: Associated Press - July 30, 2018 - Updated: July 30, 2018

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Former CU President John Buechner in an undated photo. (courtesy University of Colorado)

John C. Buechner, a former University of Colorado president and state lawmaker, died Saturday at age 82, earning praise for leading Colorado’s flagship university and for serving several local communities.

Buechner was in hospice care at the time of his death, a CU spokesman said.

Buechner served as CU’s 18th president from 1995 to 2000. Before that, he served as chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, beginning in 1988.

His CU career first took root in 1963 in Boulder, as a faculty member in the political science department, where he specialized in municipal government and local politics. He was director of institutional relations in the late 1970s.

“John Buechner was a longtime friend who made a significant impact on the University of Colorado, our communities and our state,” CU President Bruce Benson said. “He had an abiding love for CU and made his mark on the university in many ways — as CU president, CU Denver chancellor and faculty member and CU Boulder faculty member and administrator. He was also a dedicated public servant at mayor, city council member and state legislator.”

Buechner served on the Lafayette City Council after stepping down as CU president at the end of the 2000 academic year. He also served as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1972 to 1974, mayor of Boulder from 1970 to 1971 and Boulder City Council member from 1975 to 1976.

Buechner also belonged to numerous community and civic organizations.

“John had a great affinity for the University of Colorado,” the Buechner family said in a statement. “He spent over 50 years being associated with CU in a variety of roles including professor, administrator, chancellor, president and president emeritus. John spent virtually his entire professional career in the CU system. He took great pride in being associated with CU and worked untiringly in hopes of having a positive impact with students, staff, faculty and friends of the university. He believed that by providing an atmosphere and attitude of excellence, the university could provide not only a valuable education, but experiences and relationships to last a lifetime. To John, being a CU Buff was a lifetime distinction which he proudly displayed.”

Associated Press

Associated Press