In Memoriam

With the recent death of Larry Duggan, The Academy has lost one of its six founders, a dear friend and a tireless supporter who left an indelible mark on our community of lifelong learners.


Though Larry graduated from a one-room school, he went on to earn an engineering degree at the University of Colorado and rose to the vice-presidency of a major corporation in the large-scale construction industry, where he was valued for his skills in project-cost planning and crisis management.

Throughout his life Larry “always wanted to learn something new,” recalled Marlene Chambers, his domestic companion during his later years. Over The Academy’s first decade, Larry enrolled in 49 courses, ranging from economics, science and history to dozens of music and art classes. His enthusiasm for The Academy led his sisters, Mary Beery and Helen Glunz, to attend classes; later, Mary served with distinction on our board.

Larry’s passion for art and music climaxed in years of service as both a Denver Art Museum docent and acourse leader of early Academy classes on museum architecture and Broadway musicals. Though he might often appear reserved and unassuming, Academy participants sharing his classes came to recognize and appreciate his wit and keen analytic intelligence.

According to founding executive director Sally Kneser, Larry’s most transformative role at The Academy lay in his key contributions “behind the scenes” in the organization’s formative years. “Larry was exceedingly important in thinking through the big picture and providing guidance to the whole [founding] group, especially me,” she noted. But Larry also put his ideas into action, she said, shouldering major responsibilities in structuring organizational operations, drafting essential legal documents and marketing the educational program.

Larry’s extraordinary management and organizational skills and his inspired efforts during The Academy’s fledgling years have left us all a rich legacy, whether or not we were fortunate enough to know him.

To honor that legacy, his family has asked that memorial donations be sent in his name to The Academy (PO Box 630072, Littleton 80163). Please write “Larry Duggan” in the notes section of your check.

By Kathlene Sutton

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Larry Duggan and Jim and Sally Kneser open Academy registration forms at the beginning of another great registration season.


Back row: Gail Sweeney, Marlene Chambers, Sally Kneser, Larry Duggan, Judy Brand, Joleen Goff, Iris Fontera
Front: John Shell, Joyce Meyers, Don Theobald
These members made up the 2005 Academy marketing committee




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Short-Film Festival Tuesday, July 14


It’s almost show time at The Academy, and we hope you will join us for a fun, inspiring and interactive afternoon at the movies.

 Short-Film Festival + Vote, Tuesday, July 14, 1-3 p.m.

Brian Steward from the Colorado Film School will provide industry commentary and tips on movie critiquing.

$5 Admission
Cash or check made payable to the Academy Includes popcorn, candy and drinks
(and covers our viewing rights)


8081 E. Orchard Road, Auditorium – 2nd floor (park near Door 11 for quickest access)

 The following films will be screened:

Cindy’s New Boyfriend  – Action/comedy
24 minutes
An actor tries to scare off the new boyfriend of his buddy’s ex-girlfriend by reprising his role as a tough guy in a bad movie, but the new boyfriend turns out to be a real gangster who isn’t easily intimidated and kidnaps him instead.

Life Cycle Project – Documentary/sport
16 minutes
Awaiting the results to see if she has the deadly ovarian cancer gene, first-time filmmaker Debora De Napoli shares her personal journey as she starts the charity Life Cycle, an adventure that sends this cubicle dweller biking up (and falling down) nine harrowing summits in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Ripple – Thriller
32 minutes
A dead-end life, a dead-end job and a dead body in the fridge. A destitute man finds purpose while attempting to cover up a deadly accident.

Notes On Ice – Documentary/nature
25 minutes
A beautiful documentary about the world’s only ice musical festival where all instruments are made from natural ice. Set in Norway.

Your friends are welcome. This is a great way to get a taste of The Academy’s Indie Film Inspiration class,
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting Sept. 22.

**  On-site registration will also be available at this event.  If you are having trouble printing or completing your form, come on down, and we will be happy to assist you.

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