Prominent Denver native, Life Insurance agent and community leader Rowe Rudolph, Jr., passed away Sat. Dec. 29, 2012 after a long illness at the age of 90. A true Denver native, Rowe attended East High in Denver and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Business in 1943. After serving with the army in World War II, where he earned 5 Battle Stars and a Bronze Star, Rowe returned to Denver to marry his beloved Betty (Elizabeth Cunningham) in 1946. Rowe started an insurance business with Connecticut General/CIGNA in Denver in 1946, which ultimately became the Rudolph-Rogers Company when Tom Rogers joined him as his partner in 1974. For 39 straight years, he qualified for the Million Dollar Roundtable becoming a Knight of the Round Table and MDRT Foundation, was a Charter and Life member of CIGNA's President's Club and Honor table, a 3-time qualifier of the Centurion Club, 2-time qualifier for Excalibur, and was an 8-time member of the Connecticut General Executive Committee, serving 3 times as its President. He was recognized as "Man of the Year" by the Denver Agency 8 different times, was the first recipient of the Connecticut General Stuart F. Smith Award in 1974, and a Life and Qualifying recipient of the United Bank Distinguished Life Underwriter Award. Connecticut General inducted Rowe into their Hall of Fame in 1991.
His contributions to the Life Insurance and Estate Planning community were notable, both nationally and locally. He was a pioneer in the field of estate planning, and was a devoted civil servant to the city of Denver. He earned his Certified Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations in 1953 and 1983 respectively, earned the American College "Pension Planning" and "Estate Planning" degrees, was an instructor for the American College and Life Underwriting and Training Council, a Patron of Gold Key Society of the American College of Life Underwriters, and was Western Regional Vice-President of the American Society of CLU. Rowe was also a Past President of numerous organizations: Denver Estate Planning Council (also a Founding Member), the Rocky Mountain Chapter of CLU, Rocky Mountain Heart Institute, the Colorado Association of Life Underwriters, Cherry Hills Country Club and Gyro Club. He was a member of the Denver Rotary Club, the University Club, the University of Colorado Business-Alumni Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of the University of Colorado Foundation, the Advisory Boards of Craig Rehabilitation Hospital and Foundation, and the Advisory Council and Executive Board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty, still living in Denver and daughters: Cathy White (Franklin White, Jr.) of San Diego, CA, Joni Boesiger (Max Boesiger) of Eagle, ID and Ann Byrd (Rick L. Byrd) of Highlands Ranch, CO; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. We celebrate his lifetime of love and generosity to not only his entire family, but his beloved Denver.
Celebration of Life, Thurs. Jan. 3, First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colo. Blvd., Denver at 1:00 p.m. Donations can be made in his name to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Boy Scouts of America or Craig Hospital.