Annette Chandler Scholarship
The Annette L Chandler Scholarship was established through an estate gift from Annette Chandler (Engl’70). Annette Lee Chandler 75 years of age of Denver, Colorado, passed away, on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at her home in Denver. Annette was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on December 1, 1946, born to Ralph Stewart and Anna Mae (Ralston) Chandler. Annette spent her younger years in Fort Morgan, and moved to Thornton where she graduated from Mapleton High School, she then attended and graduated from the University of Colorado. She was proud to have worked her way through college at Public Service of Colorado. The Annette L. Chandler Scholarship will be awarded to sophomores and juniors in accordance with established procedures for awarding scholarships at CMCI. Special consideration will be given to students who have a background in or exhibit an interest in writing. The scholarship is not renewable.
After graduating and earning her teaching certificate, she taught English, journalism, and social studies for thirty- two years in Adams County School District #1 and Mapleton Public Schools. Annette’s first love was teaching, and she was passionate about traveling the world and documenting her travels with photographs. Her travels took her to Russia, Peru, South Africa, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Chile, Mexico, England, Syria, Jordan, Greece, Egypt, and India. The students she taught were lucky to experience her enthusiasm for life, her love of reading and writing, her historical costumes, to see her travel slides, and hear stories about wild experiences on her trips.
Annette loved her dogs; they were her children. She often talked about the dogs she’s had over the years and how much she loved and missed them. It wasn’t surprising that when Annette retired from teaching, she started a new career as a volunteer at the Denver Dumb Friends League. Annette had many jobs there, but her favorite was walking dogs, sometimes up to six hours a day. In 2013 she was chosen as DDFL’s Volunteer of the Year. This was a great honor for her and something she was very proud of.
Annette was a voracious reader. She loved books, magazines, and newspapers. She read the Denver Post cover to cover every day and looked forward to the New York Times on the weekend. She was up before dawn every day, waiting for her papers to arrive so she could get started reading and working on the crossword puzzles. Annette loved gardening and her colorful pots and perennial gardens were beautiful every year. Her favorite thing was spring and planting pansies as soon as they came out. For many years she bemoaned her overenthusiastic purchases as she was planting pansies for weeks, tucking them in everywhere she could.
We encourage students to express gratitude, and so thank you letters can be written to Darlene Linder and Mary Beth Murphy.