Von Stroh remembered through endowment

March 27, 2013

Highlands Ranch Herald

James Griesemer, Daniels Dean Emeritus,  and Dennis Wittmer, Chair of the Daniels Department of Management, are honoring the late Daniels Management Professor Gordon Von Stroh through a scholarship fund.

Gordon Von Stroh died from Lou Gehrig’s disease just over a year ago, but his former colleagues at the University of Denver are making sure his legend lives on.

Von Stroh, a longtime community leader in Highlands Ranch, served on the DU faculty from 1967-2012, leaving his mark on hundreds of students in the Daniels College of Business, according to Jim Griesemer, dean emeritus at the college.

Griesemer and a few other longtime friends and colleagues made the immediate decision following Von Stroh’s death, that the most appropriate way to recognize him was to initiate the Gordon Von Stroh Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The university’s ASCEND campaign agreed to match all early donations dollar for dollar and a total of $148,436 already sits in the scholarship fund, with plans to award the first annual awards to students this fall.

“That’s the kind of following Gordon had,” said Dennis Wittmer, chair of the management department in the business college. “He was someone who was totally devoted to DU, his family and the community. You would see him with students all the time, providing in-depth counseling about their courses and about their careers.

“Gordon’s view was that there should not be a split between academia and the community, but to contribute and give back to the community, and he did it with great joy,” Griesemer said. “I can’t think of a better way to honor him.”