Former Office of Admissions and Records staff member Robert W. Wright died Aug. 4 at age 89. Services were Aug. 9.
Wright worked in the Office of Admissions in the late 1980s following a distinguished military career.
His obituary, as published in the Colorado Springs Gazette appears below.
Robert W. Wright, USAF retired, died peacefully at home August 4, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. He had been a resident of Colorado Springs for 36 years. Robert was born January 27, 1921 in Galesburg, Illinois, to Claude and Mae Wright. He joined the Army Air Corps in WWII, flying B-24 missions over Germany until his aircraft was shot down, and he became a POW. After WWII he flew during the Korean and Vietnam wars and continued his service until reaching retirement at 30 years. He soon began working for TWA, then Lockheed and then Saudia Airlines overseas until he returned home and began furthering his education and earning a degree at UCCS. He later began working at the University until retiring once again to enjoy his family and to devote time to his love of animals. Robert is survived by his wife, Janice; two sons: Robert W. and Richard M. Wright; and two daughters: Cheryl Houston and Tracy Mulligan. He leaves 13 devoted grandchildren who admired and respected him and were the center of his retirement life. He is also survived by two nieces and their families. Predeceased by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Mathews; and his first wife, Marcella Gillespie Wright. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 8, 2010 at The Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 9, 2010 at the Shrine of Remembrance America the Beautiful Chapel. Private entombment will be at the Shrine of Remembrance Gate of Heaven Mausoleum. Memorials may be made in Robert’s name to The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region or to The American Heart Association.