Transcribed by Marta Norton 2004



The Columbine - Class of 1955
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado

This is an index to this yearbook. This book will be donated to the Pikes Peak Library in Colorado Springs, Colorado's Local History/Genealogy Dept.

The purpose of this first edition of The Columbine is simple. It is a tribute to The Class of 1955....Prepared for and presented to the with sincere hopes that it will be lingered over and enjoyed through the years. May the memories thus awakened be something of a inspiration and become stronger with age.
--Editors, The Colorado Index. May 1955

The Honorable Edwin C. Johnson - Governor of Colorado

Board of Trustees
Gottlieb, Leo R. - President - Trinidad, Colo.
Barney, Armin B. - Secretary - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Moore, Ruth J. - Denver, Colo.
Nelson, Frank W. - Las Animas, Colo.
Newman, Robert B. - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Steele, Roy Moore - Superintendent
Kirkley, James R. - Head Teacher Dept. for the Deaf Kaufman, Charles E. - Head Teacher Dept. for the Blind

By Patricia Jean Ball
Governor Johnson, Members of The Board of Trustees, Mr. Steele:
We, the Class of 1955, welcome you, together with the parents and friends who honor us by your presence.
This afternoon we have reached the end of our school life here and we can truthfully say we have learned a great deal. If we can remember only half of it, we shall be happy.
There is truly a wonderful recompense for study in the feeling of satisfaction for work well done, and we, this afternoon, are enjoying a great deal of satisfaction.
Although this may be the end of study, as such, for many of us, it is by no means the end of learning. We know that the years to come will greatly add to our store of knowledge. We feel, however, that our safe arrival this far along the highway of learning is worthy of celebration, and we are grateful to you for coming to share our pleasure.
We hope that you will enjoy our program, not because it is of the literary or dramatic value, but because of your friendly interest in us.
Speaking in behalf of my classmates, I bid you welcome. May you be as glad as we are that you came.

Department of the Deaf
Class Officers
Ball, Patricia - President
Scott, Sharon - Vice-President
Jones, Thelma - Secretary
Kothe, Grace - Treasurer

Class Motto
"Nothing Without Divine Guidance"

Class Colors
Maroon and Gold

Class Flower
Talisman Rose

Scott, Sharon Alice - Loveland, Colorado Picture and Bio

Kothe, Grace - Brighton, Colorado
Picture and Bio

Quintana, Antonio - Leadville, Colorado
Picture and Bio

Olson, Cleta Joyce - Colorado Springs, Colorado Picture and Bio

Garner, Frank Warren - Denver, Colorado
Picture and Bio

Class Analysis ---
Ball, Patricia
Cutler, Evelyn
Garner, Frankie
Hartmann, Beverly
Jones, Thelma
Kothe, Grace
Olson, Cleta
Quintana, Antonio
Scott, Sharon

Department of the Blind
Class Officers
Nelson, Donald - President
Medina, Nick - 1st Vice-President
Smith, Melvin - 2nd Vice-President
Rau, Irma - Secretary
Blei, Bill - Treasurer

Class Motto
"Nothing Without Divine Guidance"

Class Colors
Maroon and Gold

Class Flower
Talisman Rose

Blei, Charles William - West Cliff, Colo.
Medina, Nick - Avondale, Colo.
Nelson, Donald Gale - Fort Collins, Colo.
Rau, Irma Jean - Denver, Colo.
Smith, Melvin Ray - Golden, Colo.

Typical Tidbits
Blei, Bill
Medina, Nick
Nelson, Don
Rua, Irma
Smith, Melvin

Class Will... By Nick Medina and Irma Rau

Class Prophecy... By Bill Blei

Class History... By Melvin Smith

Valedictory.... By Donald Gale Nelson