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A diamond anniversary

October 6, 2009
By Beth Etter

Diamonds are known for their beauty and their strength. Their magnificence and their resilience make them a much desired product world-round. In 2009, we're honored to celebrate the beauty and strength of the Alumni Association's 50 Year Club, which celebrates its diamond anniversary this year.

Homecoming festivities include annual 50 Year Club luncheon

The October 1948 Homecoming parade travels down College Avenue. CSU was known in 1948 as Colorado Agricutural and Mechanical College.

In 1934, 50 years after the first three graduates of Colorado Agricultural College graduated, the three reunited on campus and the 50 Year Club began. Since then, alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago have gathered each year to celebrate and reminisce with one another.

On Friday, Oct. 9, the Alumni Association’s 50 Year Club celebrates its 75th year. Festivities will occur during the annual 50 Year Club luncheon when the class of 1959 is inducted into the 50 Year Club.

Recognizing alumni excellence

Since 1987, the 50 Year Club has been recognizing alumni excellence with the 50 Year Club Outstanding Recognition Award to recognize an alumna or alumnus who has shown career success or accomplishments, exceptional involvement in her or his community, and demonstrated service to CSU. A committee of volunteers from the 50 Year Club board select the winner of the Outstanding Recognition Award from the submitted nominations. [Past recipients]

Gene Markley ('47) to be honored

Gene Markley ('47), is the 2009 recipient of the 50 Year Club Outstanding Recognition Award.

This year's 50 Year Club Outstanding Recognition Award will be given to Gene Markley (’47) for his extensive service to and support of CSU and the Fort Collins community. Markley is retired CEO of Markley Motors in Fort Collins. 

Civil engineering degree after WWII 

Gene Markley started at Colorado A&M in 1940 and finished his degree in 1947 after serving in Europe during WWII. “During that time, we all had to participate in ROTC the first two years of school,” says Markley. “I was chosen for advanced ROTC and everyone from our group was drafted.” Markley was a commissioned officer in the Army and received a bronze star during the Battle of the Bulge.

 Built well-known car dealership

Following his discharge from the Army, Markley finished his civil engineering degree and hit the streets, building highways in Montana with Peter Kiewit Construction. Eventually, he made his way back to Fort Collins and went to work for his father, who owned a car dealership. He rose through the ranks and took over the business from his father, building it into the well-known dealership it is today.

Avid community supporter for 50 years

An avid supporter of his community, over the past 50 years, Markley has donated his time and his treasure to numerous local organizations, giving them an extra push when they needed it. He comes by philanthropy naturally, “It’s in my nature. My dad did it too,” he says.

Markley has received numerous awards over his lifetime, from TIME Life Magazine, Rotary Club, the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, and various local service organizations. The Alumni Association and the board of the 50 Year Club are honored to add another award to Gene Markley’s successful and generous life.

50 Year Club Luncheon
Friday, Oct. 9
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fort Collins Hilton
$25/$30 per person

A few firsts for Colorado State

1878 - Cornerstone of Old Main is laid
1879 - First 25 students attend class
1884 - First three graduates (Libby Coy Lawrence, Dr. George H. Glover, Leonidas Loomis)
1891 - The first Rocky Mountain Collegian staff
1902 - The first band
1908 - Associated Students first organized
1934 - The golden anniversary of the first three graduates