Dr. Frederic (Rick) James Athearn, age 67, died on Thursday, January 16th. Rick Athearn, son of Robert G. and Claire B. Athearn, was born in Saint Paul, MN. The family moved to Boulder soon after his birth where his father taught Western History at the University of Colorado. Rick shared his father's love of history and railroads. He was an avid collector of model trains throughout his life. Rick attended Whittier Elementary, Casey Jr. High, Boulder High School, and the University of Colorado. He went on to earn a Master's Degree at St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin, TX. He taught for several years at the University Texas - Austin, the University of Colorado and at Denver Free University before joining the Bureau of Land Management as a Historian and Program Manager. He spent 21 years at the BLM identifying, photographing and documenting historic sites around the Western United States. Rick is survived by his sister, Dana Deem, niece Cristina Madrigal, and great-niece Catalina Mendoza of Colorado Springs. Rick established the Rick Athearn Scholarship Fund at the University of Colorado. Gifts may be made to: CU Foundation, Rick Athearn Scholarship Fund, 4740 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80301.
Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Jan. 19, 2014