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Daniel Ritchie reimagines University of Denver for new millennium

After a stint in Hollywood, Ritchie served as chancellor for 16 years and led a notable fundraising campaign


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DANIEL RITCHIE, 84

Philanthropist

After a stint working in "heartless" Hollywood in the 1960s, Ritchie helmed Westinghouse Broadcasting before retiring to his Colorado ranch near Kremmling at the age of 55.

But retirement never really took: He got involved with University of Denver in the 1980s, served as chancellor for 16 years and led a fundraising campaign that invigorated the campus for a new millennium, including the facility that bears his name — the Daniel L. Ritchie Center, which opened in 2000. Ritchie then joined the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2007 and remains notably active on the boards of several Colorado nonprofits.

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Nora Caley

Nora Caley is a freelance writer specializing in business and food topics.

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