Donald Glenn BrotzmanJune 28, 1922 – September 15, 2004
Donald Glenn Brotzman, former five-term congressman from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, died of cancer Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in Alexandria, Va. He was 82. He was known for his love of life, patriotism, ready handshake, sense of humor and uncanny ability to remember names. Brotzman was born on June 28, 1922, to Ruth Kittle and Harry Brotzman in Logan County. He graduated from Sterling High School where he was student body president, all-conference football player, basketball and track team member and tenor saxophonist. He moved to Boulder in 1939 to attend the University of Colorado on a football scholarship and was an all-conference center and letter winner in shot put and discus. He also was a member of Beta Theta Pi and Sumalia, a men’s honorary. His education was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as a U.S. Army officer in the Philippines and Yokohama. He returned to CU to earn business and law degrees in 1949. He was a member of the Law Review Board and magister of Phi Delta Phi honorary. Brotzman married Louise Reed in 1944 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She died in 1995. He started practicing law in Boulder in 1950, the same year he began his political career. He served in the Colorado House of Representatives two years and was elected to the state Senate in 1953. The media chose him the outstanding freshman member of both houses. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Colorado in 1954 and 1956. He was appointed U.S. attorney for Colorado, holding that post from 1959 to 1961. Brotzman was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1962, and his colleagues elected him president of the Republican freshman class. During his five congressional terms he was a member the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, the Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. He was assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs from 1975 to 1977 when he joined the Rubber Manufacturers Association. He served RMA as vice president of government relations from 1977 to 1981 and as president from 1981 until his retirement in 1989. The final step in his career was to be “of counsel” with the Washington-Chicago-Dallas law firm Hopkins, Sutter, Hamel and Park. Brotzman was a 33rd-degree Mason, an honorary lifetime member of the Boulder Rotary Club, a CU Athletic Hall of Honor inductee and former board member and Man of the Year of the University Club in Washington, D.C., among other affiliations. He was an active member of the Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church. His personal interests included golf, squash, CU and Washington Redskins football, bridge, cribbage and travel. Brotzman married Gwendolyn Davis in 1996 in Sarasota, Fla. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Kathy Caldwell, and her husband, John, of Longmont; a son, Donald Jr. “Chip” and his partner, Lisa Linden, of Carbondale; a stepson, Robert Higgins and his wife, Susie, of Philippi, W.Va.; a brother, Jim, and his wife, Romayne, of Sterling; six grandchildren, Reed and Brad Caldwell, Wren and Willow Brotzman, and Shae and John Higgins; two nephews, Ron Brotzman and his wife, Dr. Eva Berardelli, of Niwot and Tom Brotzman and his wife, Connie, of Sterling; and two great-nieces and one great-nephew. There was a memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church in Fort Washington, Md. There will be an announcement for arrangements for a second memorial service in Boulder. Donations in his memory can be made to cancer research, American Cancer Society, 6857 Paiute Ave., Longmont, CO 80503, or 124 Park St. SE, Vienna, VA 22180; Hospice, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026, or 4715 15th St. N, Arlington, VA 22205. Donations in his memory can be made to cancer research, American Cancer Society, 6857 Paiute Ave., Longmont, CO 80503, or 124 Park St. SE, Vienna, VA 22180; Hospice, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026, or 4715 15th St. N, Arlington, VA 22205.
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