The Davenport Legacy Society

Ensuring the CMC Foundation's Long-Term Success

Dr. Joe Davenport

Joe Underwood Davenport was the first President of Colorado Mountain College. He came to Colorado from Michigan and spent more than a year hiring the first staff, guiding the construction of both the Spring Valley and Leadville campuses, developing curriculum and establishing relationships with the first generation of faculty and students. On the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend in 1967, Dr. Davenport was killed in the crash of the private plane he was piloting as he tried to land at the airport in Glenwood Springs after an overnight stay in Leadville. His sons were on the ground awaiting his arrival to join him for a day of skiing in Aspen. Colorado Mountain College had opened its doors to its first classes only six weeks earlier.

To honor Dr. Davenport's vital contributions and the remarkable legacy his early efforts continue to provide for thousands of students each year, we have created The Davenport Legacy Society to recognize individuals who name Colorado Mountain College Foundation as a beneficiary in their estate plans or will. We thank you for considering our students and programs as part of the unique legacy you create in consultation with your family and your tax advisors. Once you notify us of this decision, we will proudly acknowledge your planned gift through the activities and acknowledgement provided by The Davenport Legacy Society.

For more information, please contact Kristin Colon at 970-947-8380 or