Robert H. Bell Memorial Fund

Robert H. Bell 1931 – 2022

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.


There are many ways to invest in the kids that we serve and your tax-deductible gift will provide a child with an opportunity of a lifetime.

Endowed Campership icon
$150,000 Endowed Campership
Deliver the summer camp experience for one camper per year in perpetuity
Power of Ten icon
$50,000 Power of Ten Make it possible for ten campers to attend camp for one summer
Adopt a Camper icon
$25,000 Adopt A Camper Establish a one-on-one relationship between the sponsor and a camper for his/her entire camp career
Double Campership icon
$10,000 Double Campership Fund two campers for a summer
Full Campership icon
$5,000 Full Campership Give the summer of a lifetime to a lucky camper
Half Campership icon
$2,500 Half Campership Cover half the expenses for one camper
Young Explorer icon
$1,000 Young Explorer Provide an introductory camp experience for a young camper
Transporter icon
$500 Transporter Provide travel expenses for one camper
Outfitter icon
$250 Outfitter Provide equipment for one camper
Piggy Banker icon
$100 Piggy Banker Fund a camper's bank account during his/her stay
Ways to Give

Cash Gifts
Donor Advised Funds
Cryptocurrency Gifts
Gift Planning
Stock Gifts
Tribute Gifts
IRA Rollover
Employer Matching Gifts

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The John Austin Cheley Foundation (DBA: A THOUSAND SUMMERS) is a qualified charitable corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. Gifts to the Foundation qualify for deductions for income and estate tax purposes. Tax ID# 48-1077337

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