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In Memory

Celebration of Life for Prof. Emeritus Maurice Albertson Feb. 14

February 2, 2009

Maurice L. Albertson, a civil engineering professor emeritus who played a critical role in the creation of the Peace Corps, died on Jan. 11, 2009, at age 90. The Celebration of Life for Maurice (Maury) Albertson is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover Street in Fort Collins.

Pivotal role in formation of Peace Corps

Throughout his life, Maury Albertson continually worked to improve the quality of life for people around the world. One of his most recognized contributions was his pivotal role in the formation of the Peace Corps. 

Albertson directed the feasibility study for the U.S. Congress and co-authored the book New Frontiers for American Youth - Perspective on the Peace Corps which laid the groundwork for how the Peace Corps would operate. He integrated the organizational and project management skills he gained as an engineer with his passion to bring an end to world poverty, and served as an inspiration to many around the world.

Joined CSU in 1947

Albertson’s contributions to Colorado State University, and particularly the work he did to establish CSU as a research institution, are equally important. He joined the faculty at Colorado A&M (now CSU) in 1947.

Over the six decades that he taught here, he helped establish the Department of Civil Engineering as a world leader in water research and education. Because of Albertson's success in generating external research funding, President Morgan appointed him as the first director of the CSU Research Foundation, or CSURF. After five years directing CSURF, Albertson set up the Office of International Programs for CSU and served as its director.        

Taught classes in water resources    

Professor Albertson taught many of the early classes in water resources at Colorado A&M, and recruited high-caliber faculty to the university. In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the university and the international community, CSU awarded Albertson an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in May 2006. He was also awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees at Peshawar University, the Asian Institute of Technology, and Lowell University.

Albertson received numerous other honors during his lifetime, including three from the American Society of Civil Engineers:

  • J.C. Stevens Award
  • Emil Hilgard Prize
  • Croes Medal 

The National Society of Professional Engineers awarded him the title of Fellow in 2001. 

Founded Village Earth

In 1993, Albertson founded a new non-governmental organization, Village Earth, to support worldwide villagers who wish to develop their own communities. Donations in his memory can be made to his Village Earth nonprofit organization or the Maurice Albertson Scholarship Fund in the Department of Civil Engineering at CSU.

Friends may send condolences to the family.

Contact: Lana Hoff
Phone: (970) 491-6604