Theodore Earl Albers |

Theodore Earl Albers

Dr. Ted Albers, western Colorado native, longtime resident of Grand Junction, and president emeritus of Mesa State College, died at his home on July 8, 2002. He was 80.

Albers was born in Maybell, Colo., Oct. 16, 1921, to Amos W. and Clara Maloney Albers. He met his future wife, Maxine Whicker, in 1927, and their two families became lifelong friends. After attending a one-room school in Maybell, Albers finished Cole Junior High in Denver and graduated from Manual Arts High School there in 1939. He entered Colorado State University and worked for Mountain Bell. He joined the US Army Air Corps in 1942, graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1943.

Albers married Maxine Whicker April 4, 1943, in Wilmington, NC.

After World War II, Albers returned from Europe to Mountain Bell, then studied at the University of Denver, graduating in 1949. He taught social sciences at Meeker High School from 1949-1952.

He earned his Master’s Degree from Denver University in 1952, then continued as the principal of the Meeker, Colo., high school from 1952-1955. Albers worked for the Colorado Education Association, the Colorado State Department of Education, and the University of Colorado extension division until 1965.

He earned his doctorate at CU Boulder in 1964, then served as assistant superintendent of schools in Mesa County District 51 from 1966-1968. In 1968, he co-founded the Community College of Denver, and in 1970 became the first director of the Red Rocks campus.

Albers served as president of Mesa College from 1970 until the end of 1974. He provided the leadership responsible for converting Mesa from a two-year community college to a well respected, yet still community-oriented baccalaureate institution. Albers retired early from his professional life due to advanced coronary artery disease. Until he died, Albers remained very proactive in advocating an expanding role for Mesa State College, always focusing on the interests and needs of its students.

After retirement, Albers concentrated on devoting himself to his family and to improving his health. He adopted a strict dietary regimen and stayed physically active by raising fruit on his acreage and putting up hay on the family ranch in northwest Colorado. He also provided constant support to Maxine, who served for 15 years in Mesa County as one of Colorado’s first female county commissioners.

Albers participated in a multitude of community organizations, such as Lions Club, Mesa County Historical Society, Mesa Developmental Services, Grand Junction Musical Arts Association, United Way, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Club 20, Greenbelt, Salvation Army, and many others.

Albers survived the death of his parents and two brothers, Lee and Vernon. He leaves his wife, Maxine, of Grand Junction, children, Ted L. Albers and Rhonda Davidson, of Colorado Springs, and grandchildren, Shannon and Brian Davidson.

Although he received many honors and awards in his lifetime, Albers always considered it his privilege to ably serve others. He is cherished not only as capable and intelligent, but as kind, compassionate, and humble.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at the Avalon Theater in downtown Grand Junction.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ted and Maxine Albers Scholarship Fund, c/o Mesa State College Foundation, 1450 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

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