Trudy Fowler

2000 Inductee

Trudy Fowler is an institution throughout Colorado, and indeed, throughout the United States and Russia. She began her career in 1965, volunteering for Colorado’s first PBS station, KRMA-TV, and embarked on a lifelong journey of nonprofit awareness. For more than 30 years, she played a key role in the development of a small, under-funded local public television station, which today is known as Rocky Mountain PBS, a statewide network. She has raised funds, recruited volunteers, lobbied extensively, established cooperative community relations and become one of the most recognized personalities in Denver. Through her devotion to Rocky Mountain PBS, she has contributed the gift of public television to the community — helping to educate and entertain all of Colorado’s communities. Her gifts do not stop within the confines of Colorado’s borders. They extend to the far reaches of Novgorod, Russia, where she visited and sponsored producers of a fledgling public television system in that country. She instructed them in all aspects of fundraising, in building a volunteer corps, and developing steering committees to help them along their journey. In 1998, Trudy received the Citizen’s Democracy Corporation Certificate of Appreciation for serving as an advisor to Public TV in Novgorod, Russia. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Federation of the Arts, the Advisory Board and Marketing Committee for Denver Metro Gives, the Executive Committee of the Denver Partnership Executive Network, the Colorado Tennis Association Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Colorado Potter’s Guild. She was instrumental in the creation and development of The Hospice of St. John, helping to develop their bylaws, a board of directors and initiating a fund-raising campaign, calling upon all her resources to help this hospice. She has helped unify people with mission; mission with vision, and throughout has not overlooked the basic principals of the community. Her respect and love for community is responsible for her success, and it is that which drives her.