Campus & Community

Good Old Days: Alumni remember their time at the University of Denver

What does the University of Denver mean to you?

We asked that question of our readers as part of our 150th anniversary celebration, and we got a wide range of responses.

To novelist Sandra Dallas (BA ’60), the University of Denver was a place to hone her writing skills as she turned out stories for the Clarion. To Denny Liggitt (BS ’49), DU meant downtown Denver, where he studied accounting in the years following World War II.

To Rob Armstrong (BA ’72), son of legendary Pioneers hockey coach Murray Armstrong, the University was a place to grow up and watch his father help create a tradition of excellence.

Click the links below to read essays by Dallas, Liggitt, Armstrong and others about their DU memories; we encourage you to share your University of Denver memories on our sesquicentennial website,

Suzanne Shapiro (BA ’40) on the University’s art school in the 1930s

H. Denny Liggitt III (BS ’49) on attending classes at DU’s downtown Denver campus in the years following World War II

Martin Birn (BS ’50) on DU in the 1940s

Sandra Dallas (BA ’60) on a memorable day at the Clarion

Ron Palmquist (BA ’60) on the early days of campus radio station KVDU

Ed Ned Porges (BSBA ’65) on ski trips he took during his time at the University

Rob Armstrong (BA ’72) on the legacy of his father, hockey coach Murray Armstrong

Andy Clayton (BA ’94, MS ’96), on how covering DU hockey as sports editor for the Clarion sowed the seeds for his current job as online sports editor for the New York Daily News

Monica Kumar (BSBA ’09) on studying abroad in India


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