Bob Greenlee

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Bob Greenlee (born July 6, 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska) is the executive director of the Greenlee Family Foundation.[1]

Greenlee was also the Republican mayor of Boulder, Colorado from 1998 to 1999 and city council member from 1983-1999.[2] In 1998, he ran a narrowly unsuccessfully race as a moderate pro-choice Republican against Mark Udall in 1998 for Colorado's 2nd Congressional District.[3] He was educated at Iowa State University where he received his B.A. in 1963 and M.A. in 1968.[4] After a career in advertising, he purchased several radio stations and co-founded what would become CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, of which he is still a board member.[4][5]

He is President of Centennial Investment & Management Company, Inc., a Boulder-based venture capital and real estate firm, In 1997, Iowa State University initiated the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication in response to a large donation.[4] He and his wife, Diane, have two children.

In late December 2016, Greenlee was seriously injured in a highway accident in southern Colorado involving 5 vehicles. Another driver died and two other people were injured. Greenlee was driving the SUV that apparently started the chain reaction.[6][7]

2016 car accident[edit]

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Bob Greenlee and his wife were driving on U.S. 160 westbound across La Veta Pass between Walsenburg and Alamosa in their 2003 Cadillac Escalade. A high-speed passing maneuver by Greenlee apparently set off a chain reaction involving several passenger cars and a tractor trailer truck, resulting in one fatality, two serious injuries and five less-serious injuries. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt and no one was ejected from a vehicle.

Pat (Patricia) Lucero, 70, from Monte Vista died after the Toyota Camry she was driving was struck by Greenlee's vehicle, next hit a tractor trailer, then struck a Kia Spectra. The Greenlees' SUV also struck a BMW X5 head on, causing it to roll and land on its side. Both Greenlee and his wife suffered critical injuries and were hospitalized in two different facilities.[8] In all, seven people were transported, by ground ambulance, to three different hospitals. The highway was closed for a few hours. Initial reports indicated speed was a contributing factor.

Six weeks after the accident, a meeting between state patrol investigators and the District Attorney's office was being rescheduled and no charges had been filed.[9]

A week later, the news turned to aggressive driving and speed, as investigators reported Greenlee was "passing improperly" at 22 mph over the speed limit: 87 mph in a 65 mph zone.[10]

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, nine criminal charges were filed against Greenlee: two homicide charges - vehicular, criminally negligent - as well as vehicular assault, two counts of careless driving causing injury, reckless driving, speeding, reckless endangerment and improper passing on the left.[11]

Greenlee's court arraignment is set for Tuesday, Mar. 28 in Alamosa. The most serious of the nine charges - vehicular homicide, a Class 4 felony - could lead to a prison sentence of two to six years.

Greenlee Family Foundation[edit]

The Greenlee Family Foundation is a "private grant-making organization." Its mission is: "to encourage, preserve and promote the well-being, education, welfare and enlightenment of our fellow citizens by investing in creative people and ideas."[1]

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