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  2. Charles Richard “Dick” Spielman Jr. died unexpectedly on May 28 at Littleton Adventist Hospital at age 83. Mr. Spielman was elected to the Platte Canyon Board of Directors in May 2006 and was reelected in 2008 and again in May 2012 just prior to his death.
    Mr. Spielman was born in New York, New York and attended school in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Upon graduation he attended Purdue University until he joined the U.S. Army in 1946. After his Army years, he returned to Purdue and obtained a degree in engineering in 1953. He moved to the Littleton area with his wife Mary Jane and their four children in 1966.
    Mr. Spielman was extensively involved in community affairs. He was a well respected member of the Littleton Lions Club for 45 years and served as the president of the Littleton Lions Foundation, the fund raising arm of the club for several years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Columbine Knolls Recreation District, the Jefferson County Library Board and the Foothills Park and Recreation District Foundation. He had a passion for politics and was GOP precinct committeeman from 1970 to 2011 and was party chairman of House District 28 until last year.
    “Dick Spielman was an excellent Board member and tremendous asset to the Columbine community,” stated Pat Fitzgerald, Platte Canyon District manager. “Due to his educational background as an industrial engineer, his extensive involvement in community affairs and his constant search for knowledge, he was uniquely qualified to provide expert direction and guidance to District staff and professional consultants. He stressed collaboration in working with other District Board members and was instrumental in helping the Board to function as a cohesive team working for the betterment of the community it serves. Mr. Spielman strived for perfection and encouraged District staff to follow his lead. He was a mentor and friend to all Board and staff members. Mr. Spielman’s insight, attention to detail and devotion to the Columbine community will be sorely missed,” stated Fitzgerald.