In honor of D.R.C. Brown
(Editor’s note: The following was written as a tribute to former Aspen resident D.R.C. Brown, from State Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village). The tribute was passed by the Colorado Senate on Friday, March 21.)
The Senate Honors the life and family of David Robinson Crocker Brown Jr.
D.R.C., as he was commonly known, was a quintessential Coloradan, husband of Ruth L. Brown of the Boettcher-Humpreys families, and the descendant of Colorado’s earliest pioneers, who throughout his long life built a legacy for Aspen that he now leaves behind.
D.R.C.’s journey led him from being a young boy growing up on a ranch in Carbondale, to becoming a significant force in Aspen’s evolution from a silver-mining town into a world renowned ski resort. As an original investor in the Aspen Skiing Corporation and as President and CEO of the corporation through 1979, D.R.C. helped influence the development of Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk Mountain, and Snowmass.
Among his many other accomplishments are his term in the state legislature as a state senator, chairing the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Board, serving as president of Colorado Ski Country USA, as well as a host of other advisory and board positions. Despite these many achievements his true passions throughout his life were family, ranching, flying, and being in the great outdoors.
Senator Gail Schwartz