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Obituary for Charles G. McCord, former CU Foundation president

Charles Gillette (Charlie) McCord, of Boulder, Colorado died March 16, 2013 at TRU Hospice Care Center surrounded by his family.  He was 78.

Charlie was born on September 13, 1934 to Charles Gillette McCord, Sr. and Dorothy Dalton McCord in Queens, New York.  On June 20, 1959 Charlie married Gretchen Sue Abbot in Garden City, New York.  He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughter Jennifer, his son Kyle and two granddaughters, Cassie and Riley.

Charlie received a BA from Springfield College, a Master’s Degree from Colgate University and an advanced degree from Harvard Business School. Charlie began his career as the Freshman Basketball Coach for Cornell University and later served in various administrative roles.  He then became Vice President of Ithaca College.  In 1981, Charlie moved to Boulder, CO to serve as President of the University of Colorado Foundation, the fund-raising arm for the University of Colorado at Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and CU Anschutz Medical Campus .  He retired from this position in 2000.

During his illustrious career, Charlie received a number of awards and recognitions. He was honored with the Alumni C Club Award from the University of Colorado in 2002. He also received the University of Colorado Medal in 2004; and the Ira C. Rothgerber Award, for “extraordinary contribution” to CU in 2013. Charlie was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a Professional Education Fraternity.

Charlie enjoyed many outdoor activities including tennis, golf, basketball, and pickle ball.  Quality time with his family and close friends was important to him; and a highlight of his life. He also enjoyed travel, reading and summers at the family cottage in Silver Bay, New York.

A cremation has been entrusted to the Howe Mortuary. A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Old Main on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus.

Memorial contributions may be made to TRU Hospice Care, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, Colorado 80026. Please share your thoughts, memories and condolences with the family at