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Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) - Telluride Lost a Friend, and Our Country Lost a True Hero
Neil Alden Armstrong (1930-2012)

Telluride lost a friend, and our country lost a true hero of all time, with the death of Neil Armstrong on August 25, 2012.

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. His words, "that is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to step onto another planetary body, instantly became a part of history. (Source NASA)

Neil Armstrong was an 11 year homeowner in Telluride. An avid life-time skier and golfer, Armstrong discovered Telluride and purchased a home after being grounded in Phoenix during the commercial airline service suspension following the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. He and his wife, Carol, rented a car, drove to Telluride and embraced Telluride as their second home. He was also a committed Board Member of the Telluride Foundation.

Neil Armstrong was an American aviator and a former astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, business man, university professor, and United States Naval Aviator.

"Neil's accomplishments on both this planet and in space are well known," said Ron Allred, former owner of Telluride Ski & Golf Resort and co-founder of the Telluride Foundation, "Joyce and I are fortunate to have had Neil as a close personal friend. He was interesting to discuss world issues or philosophy with; he was humorous, competitive and above all a sincerely humble person. Neil was like all of us in Telluride -- he understood and embraced the special essence of our community. Telluride will miss Neil Armstrong."

A private funeral service will be held on Friday August 31 in Cincinnati. Another service will be held in the near future at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

Neil Armstrong is survived by his wife Carol, two sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, and a brother and sister.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and/or the Telluride Foundation. Donations made to the Telluride Foundation will be designated for the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Telluride, as well as rural high schools in the region (Paradox, Nucla, Norwood, Ridgway, and Ouray) pursuing further education in science, technology, engineering or math.

Checks can be mailed to:

The Telluride Foundation

220 E. Colorado Ave., Ste 106

PO Box 4222

Telluride, CO 81435

To make an on-line donation: http://www.telluridefoundation.org/admin/editcontent.php?content_id=135&page=

For questions or more information contact Paul Major or Katie Singer at 970-728-8717 or paul@telluridefoundation.org or katie@telluridefoundation.org.