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David Robertson, 85, died on September 21. Born on June 21, 1934, in East Orange, New Jersey, he earned a degree in geology at Lehigh University. During the summer of 1954, he worked in Boulder for the Holubars. His job included selling mountaineering equipment in their basement and, on occasion, slaughtering a cow on Alice Holubar's family ranch. The next summer, he was a miner at the Caribou Mine. In 1956, he married Janet Neuhoff, whom he met when he was her rock-climbing instructor. After a stint in the army, he worked as a geologist for the St. Joseph Lead Company in southern Missouri. In 1963, he and his family moved to Boulder, Colorado where, for 16 years, he was a computer programmer at NCAR. The next 20 years he worked at his one-person business, Robertson Software. An active member of the Colorado Mountain Club, David led multiple trips and helped build the Pfiffner Hut (since dismantled) and the Arestua. He served as the club's Conservation Chair and helped establish the American Mountaineering Museum in Golden. David received the CMC's Blaurock Award. He served on several conservation boards including Western Resource Advocates and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. In 1969, he and three others, including the late Harry Waldrop from Boulder, made the first ski crossing of the Juneau Ice-fields, from Juneau to Skagway. He and Jan visited every continent, climbed Kilimanjaro and Mt. Elbrus, and trekked in Nepal, Tibet, New Zealand and Peru. In 1988, they completed their final 14er. David is survived by his identical twin brother, Philip, his wife of 63 years, Jan, three children, Maggi (Robin), Ken (Helen), Bruce (Amy, now deceased), 8 grand children and 6 great grandchildren. On Saturday, October 5, a celebration of David's life will take place at the Old Gallery in Allenspark. For further information, please contact: jan@robsoft.com. Please make your reservations by Saturday, September 28. Contributions in David's honor may be made to the Colorado Mountain Club, 710 10th Street #200, Golden, Colorado 80401, or to The Old Gallery, 14863 Highway 7, Allenspark, Colorado 80510.

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Published in The Daily Camera on Sep. 25, 2019.
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September 26, 2019
Much love to you, Jan, and your family. Dave was remarkable and I so enjoyed the time we spent together. I have very fond memories of the hospitality you both showed my when I stayed at your home while at ACF.
Matt Rafferty
September 26, 2019
David's mountaineering achievements were remarkable, and he contributed greatly to the mountaineering community. Although we barely knew David, our hearts go out to Jan, who has also made an impact on those who love the outdoors.
With deep sympathy, Ruth Carol and Glenn Cushman
RuthCarol Cushman
September 25, 2019
Janet and Dave 50th Anniversary party
So many wonderful memories of Dave: working together at NCAR and riding bikes all over the front range. One memory that stands out took place drafting behind him on a bicycles, careening down Boulder Canyon and noticing that he had no brake on his rear wheel. When we got to bottom, I mentioned how important brakes are when bicycling down the canyon. Without missing a beat, he responded: "I know! That's why I put a brake on the front wheel before the ride." I'll never forget Dave.
Ben Domenico
September 25, 2019
Janet and Dave's 50th Anniversary Party
Fran and Ben Domenico
September 25, 2019
Jan and Family:
Dave was a remarkable guy-smart, interesting and interested and always on the lookout for the humor or irony in conversations. His work related to the Outdoor Life here in Boulder was exemplary. In ways big and small, Boulder will be a different place without him.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Henry and Anne Beer
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