Robert Guthrie, 68, passes away
February 15, 2008
Bob Guthrie, a gifted skier, biker, outdoorsman and adventurer tragically died Friday at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. He was 68 years old.
Bob, coordinator and lead guide of Arapahoe Basin’s Over the Hill Gang, International ski program, was leading a group of expert skiers through the trees when he sustained a massive brain injury after a fall on Monday, Feb. 11. He never regained consciousness.
This outstanding individual was one of Summit County’s most active and vocal leaders. He worked tirelessly to create the Swan Mountain Recreational Path. His efforts were rewarded when the first phase of the path opened this past summer. Bob was co-coordinator of the Summit Biking Group which, fueled by his infectious energy and “can do” personality, has grown to more than 300 riders who meet each Monday beginning in June. A loyal member of the Copper Over the Hill Gang, Bob is a former past president and master of ceremonies extraordinare.
Guthrie was a congregant of Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon and president of the church council. A passionate spinning instructor at the Silverthorne Recreational Center and creator of the most original spinning music, Bob was this year’s outstanding part-time employee in Silverthorne. Bob prided himself on knowing everyone and everyone loved him.
Robert T. Guthrie grew up in Iowa and became an Eagle Scout while in high school.
He graduated from Creighton University and the University of Iowa Medical School.
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Bob was a flight surgeon in the Navy during the Vietnam war. A former practicing radiation oncologist devoted to patient care, Guthrie was Chief of staff at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, president of the county and state medical societies and chairman of the state radiological society. In his spare time Bob was an age group state cycling champion and Boy Scoutmaster.
After moving to Summit County to “retire” 11 years ago, Bob pursued the outdoor life with vigor. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, sons, Rob and Ted, and sisters Mary and Ann and their husbands, Dave and Roger. Bob will be missed by all his friends and family who loved him. Summit County has lost a valuable leader and friend.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Swan Mountain Rec Path, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Foundation (NWCCOGF), P.O. Box 2308, Silverthorne, CO 80498.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.