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					D. Monte Pascoe, a prominent Denver attorney and political activist, died
of a stroke on March 2, 2006. He majored in government and was a
member of Psi Upsilon, Casque & Gauntlet, and the Undergraduate
Council. Monte played football for four years. After completing Stanford
Law School, he joined the law firm of Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor, and Pascoe
as a generalist lawyer with expertise in water, land, and construction law. "He
solved problems," said colleagues who referred to him as versatile,
compassionate, and "one of the most ethical and honest guys you'd ever
run into." Monte served as chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party,
executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, and chair of the
Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. Classmates will recall mini
reunions in Steamboat Springs co-hosted with Wayne Kakela. He is survived
by his wife Pat, daughter Sarah, sons Ted and Will, one grandchild, and
his brother.

Monte was my classmate, but he was also my roommate, teammate,
fraternity brother, and I'm proud to say, my friend. We shared many
common experiences that are imprinted in my memory bank of
unforgettable events.
To cite just a few: playing football and rugby at Dartmouth, helping
Dick Reilly excavate by hand the basement of the Psi U house, attending
Annie Kakela's fabulous wedding as house guests of Monte and Pat, joining a
diverse and colorful group on a remarkable Kakela-led rafting trip down the
Green River in Utah, attending several mini ski reunions hosted by Wayne,
Linda, Pat, and Monte that included Chuck Winslow, Ron Roth, John Donnelly,
Ed Nelson, Doug Brew, Bob Andrews, Doug Burkhardt, Don Sanders, and
other classmates and their wives.
These are but a few of my many cherished, poignant and unforgettable
experiences with Monte. However, the most revealing and defining event
occurred in our sophomore year during our first varsity football game. It was
Tuss McLaughry's last season and the year before Bob Blackman came to
Dartmouth. The game was played at West Point. Army was probably the
best team on the east coast and among the best in the country. It was late
in the game and, as expected, we were losing by a huge score. An Army
back fielded one of our many punts that day and had a full head of steam
with a blocker ahead of him. Monte was covering the outside and I was a
few yards to his inside. The blocker attempted to run through Monte. Monte
avoided the blocker and solidly hit the ball carrier with a devastating
picture-perfect tackle. Unquestionably, it was the finest play of the game.
I already knew that Monte was a great receiver, but that day I learned he
was a tenacious and complete player who would never give up regardless of
the circumstances.
Over time, I discovered what is obvious to all today, that Monte was so much
more than a complete player. He was, in all respects, a complete person — a
devoted husband and father, a loyal friend, a mentor to many, a respected
lawyer, a gentleman of unwavering and principled convictions, and a humble
man of high integrity and great enthusiasms.
Just as he played that Saturday afternoon at West Point in September 1954, he
was a consummate professional who conducted himself with civility and
dignity and never backed off a just cause, regardless of the power of his
opponent. Monte Pascoe was one of our finest — a great human being of
extraordinary accomplishment.
                                                           By Bob Adelizzi

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