Memorial at ‘Wings’ museum set for former Gov. Richard Lamm

In this April 24, 2017 photo, former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm poses for a photo inside his home in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER| A public memorial service is planned for Aug. 31 for former Colorado Gov. Richard “Dick” Lamm, who died on July 29 at age 85.

Lamm’s widow, Dottie Lamm, said in a statement the service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver. The service will also be livestreamed.

Lamm was a state lawmaker from 166 to 1974 before serving three terms as governor from 1975 to 1987. As a legislator he campaigned against having Denver host the 1976 Winter Olympic Games, arguing it would damage the environment and cost the state. Colorado voters rejected spending state funds on the Games, and they were relocated to Innsbruck, Austria.

The former Democratic governor oversaw a landmark abortion rights law and state ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. The proposed amendment eventually fell several states short of ratification.

Lamm also served as executive director of the University of Denver’s Center for Public Policy and Contemporary Issues and co-authored several books. He and his wife had two children, Scott Hunter Lamm and Heather Susan Lamm.


This story has been updated to correct that the public memorial will be held Aug. 31.


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Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 year ago

A good man who truly had the people’s best interests at heart. His wife, too, even though you may be ideologically opposed to that sort of thing.

Eugene Ellsworth Dawson

Great Governor and social spokesman who had the courage to speak the truth as did his wife Dottie Lamm. He will be missed.