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Lucile Maxfield Bogue

Lucile Maxfield Bogue, college founder, award-winning author and educator, passed away on Jan. 25, 2005, at the age of 93 in El Cerrito, Calif.From the time she was 6 months old, Lucile was raised on a homestead on Cattle Creek near Carbondale and graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1930. She was from a pioneer family in northwestern Colorado. According to family history, her father, Roy D. Maxfield, was the first non-native child born in Ute territory in what now is the town of Rifle, which was the homestead of her grandparents, Abram and Flora Maxfield. Her maternal grandfather, William R. Callicote, was the first school superintendent in Leadville and in Aspen. A longtime resident of Steamboat Springs, she founded Yampa Valley College in Steamboat in 1962, which was the seed for the present Colorado Mountain College, headquartered in Glenwood Springs. Yampa Valley College became the Alpine campus in Steamboat. She served as Yampa Valley College president for four years. In 1993, she received the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence, which is presented annually to a woman from the Yampa Valley, who, through the pursuit of personal goals, has achieved excellence in her field. She was well-known for her poetry and prose writing. Her published works include “Blood on the Wind,” “Salt Lake,” “Dancers on Horseback: the Perry-Mansfield Story,” collections of poetry the autobiographical “One Woman, One Ranch, One Summer” and “How to Stay Young Forever.”Among the many awards for her writing were the Colorado Poet of the Year award in 1942, the Browning Society’s Poetry Prize for dramatic monologue, and World of Poets grand prize for her poem “Malinche.” The National League of American Pen Women named her Woman of the Year in 1983, and she was the first writer to win four consecutive national prizes from the National Writers Club.Lucile wrote many plays, including the musical “Freedom Trail”, for which she also composed the music, produced in Denver for the Colorado Centennial in 1959. She received the Colorado Governor’s Award in 1959 for that achievement. Two of her one-act plays, “Bon Voyage” and “I … As in Identity,” won first prize in the Love Creek Play Festival and were produced in New York City.A world traveler, Lucile lived in Japan for two years. She taught at the American School in Tokyo from 1966-68, at the Colegio American in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 1974-75, and at the American School in Managua, Nicaragua, in 1951. She taught in the Steamboat Springs public schools for more than 20 years, and worked with Lowell Whiteman in the founding of the Whiteman School in the 1950s, and was one of the original faculty members.Lucile received an A.A. degree from Colorado College in 1932, a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in 1934, and an M.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She received the distinction of honored alumnus from Northern Colorado in 1994. She stayed in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on her writing career for the last 35 years of her life, but returned to Colorado each year.Lucile married Arthur Bogue of Basalt on Dec. 25, 1935. She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Young of Tucson, Ariz., and Bonnie Bogue of Albany, Calif.; foster daughter Liz Starffin Kurz of Tucson; foster son Crosby Perry-Smith of Ouray; son-in-law Tom Young; niece Glende Martin of Denver; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her sister, Vernice Maxfield Martin, a longtime Glenwood Springs resident.There will be a memorial service honoring Lucile at 2 p.m. July 2 at the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. The Lucile Bogue Scholarship Fund for the Alpine Campus of CMC has been established in her honor. Donations can be made to the Colorado Mountain College Foundation and sent to Dean Robert Ritschel, CMC, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.


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