Robert H. Bell Memorial Fund
Robert (“Bob”) Herrick Bell passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at his Denver, CO home on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
Bob was born on December 28, 1931, in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating from Shawnee Mission High School he attended the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1953 and a master’s degree in finance in 1954. While attending CU, Bob was an active member of the Navy ROTC and served as the President of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After graduation, he served as an officer in the US Navy and continued his service in the Naval Reserve for several years.
Bob enjoyed a successful 42-year career with the brokerage firm Smith Barney from which he retired as Senior Vice President in 1998. Bob’s relationship with the firm and his colleagues was proudly nurtured long into retirement.
Bob was a keen sports enthusiast and lover of the outdoors, something that was, in part, cultivated during his years spent as a camper and counselor at Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, CO. The camp proved to be a formative experience not only for Bob but also for his children, and grandchildren, who between them have benefitted from 18 summers spent in the mountains in and around Estes Park:
Bob – two summers during the 1940s (worked one summer in the early 1950s)
Kate (daughter) – 1967, 1971
Steve (son) – 1971, 1973
Peter (son) – 1977, 1978
Derek (grandson) – 2007, 2008
Avery (granddaughter) – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (worked 2018, 2019, 2021)
He will be remembered as a dedicated, devoted, and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, friend, fraternity brother, and work colleague. His good humor; keen curiosity; love of the arts, nature, and wordsmithing; and optimistic outlook on life were felt by all who knew him.
We hope that you will join us in honoring Bob’s legacy by donating to help send a child to Cheley Colorado Camps in his memory.
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