Citizen of the West

John C. Malone, PhD - 2017 Citizen of the West

John C. Malone, PhD – 2017 Citizen of the West

Each year a Citizen of the West is selected from community leaders who exemplify the spirit and determination of a western pioneer. These modern day pioneers are honored for their economic and philanthropic endeavors in the West.  It is with great pleasure we announce Dr. John C. Malone as the 39th Citizen of the West! Born in Connecticut, John Malone’s pursuit of higher education in the 1960’s led to a BA in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Yale, and an MS in Industrial Management capped by a PhD in Operations Research, both from Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Malone began his career at Bell/AT&T and General Instruments before he moved west to Colorado in 1973, where he served 24 years as CEO of TCI.  In 1991, TCI spun off Liberty Media Corporation to house its programming assets, which remained in Dr. Malone’s control after the sale of TCI in 1999. Malone serves as Chairman of the Board of Liberty to this day.

A grateful beneficiary of a scholarship that set his path for the future, John established the Malone Family Foundation and its renowned Malone Scholars Program to support gifted students in earning a private education.  Malone’s passion for engineering and medicine is reflected in his financial support of higher education institutions supporting these two disciplines.  In 2014, Malone and his wife, Leslie, helped create the CSU Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies, which aims to develop stem cell treatments for animals and people.

Malone is respected as a great philanthropist for land preservation and is the founder of the Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation.  A believer in land conservation, he has said, “Productive land is one of the very few permanent values throughout history.”  In 2011, John Malone became the largest individual private landowner in the United States. He owns and oversees many successful cattle ranches in the West and timber operations in the Northeast.  Moreover, John is a strong advocate for our western way of life and values.  He and Leslie reside near their ranch land southeast of Denver.

Please join us in honoring this outstanding individual, John C. Malone, the 2017 Citizen of the West. 

Date & Time: 
Monday, January 9th, 2017
5:30pm – 9:00pm
National Western Events Center
1515 E. 47th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216
– TABLE $4000 per table of 10
– SEATS $400 per person
– MAVERICK $250 per person
(must be 39 or under)

To purchase tickets or tables, please contact:

Morgan Topolnicki, Director of Scholarship Events

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    Michael J. Sullivan
  •  2015 Honoree
    Philip F. Anschutz 
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  • 2010 Honoree
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  •  2008 Honoree

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    Cortlandt S. Dietler
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  • 2005 Honoree

    George Marvin Beeman

Previous Citizen of the West Honorees

2004 – H.A. “Dave” & Jean True Family

2003 – William J. (Bill) Hybl

2002 – Albert C. Yates

2001 – Ned & Mary Belle Grant Family

2000 – Justice Byron White

1999 – W.D. “Bill” Farr

1998 – Daniel L. Ritchie

1997  – Brownie & Thurman “Fum” McGraw

1996 – Cliff Hansen

1995 – Ben R. Houston

1994 – Rollin D. Barnard

1993 – Dick Cheney

1992 – William K. Coors

1991 – Kenneth W. Monfort

1990 – Alan K. Simpson

1989 – Governor John & Ann Love

1987 – Charles C. Gates

1986 – Nicholas Robert Petry

1985 – William H. McNichols, Jr.

1984 – Allan & Gerald Phipps

1983 – Pete Smythe

1982 – Aksel Nielsen

1981 – Ed H. Honnen

1980 – Frank H. Ricketson, Jr.

1979 – Willard Simms

1978 – Robert “Red” Fenwick

Arrangements Committee

Carla Holst, Chairman

Marlie Andrews
Marcy Benson
Baba Bosworth
KK Ciruli
Deedee Decker
Brooke Fox
Carla Grant
Meg Harry
Janie Hutchison
Jeannine Hutchison
Elizabeth Hund
Jennifer Jones
Marne Davis Kellogg
Cammie Grant McKee
Audra McNicholas
Maggie Morrissey
Nancy Oliver
Brandis Becky Pelletier
Nancy Petry
Jody Randall
Pam Randall
Lindsay Serrell
Carrie Coors Tynan
Caitlin Whitham
Cille Williams
Carolyn Schaefer Wollard

Morgan Topolnicki, Event Director

Steering Committee

Rye Austin & Dan Ritchie, Chairmen

Scott Alexander
Paul Andrews
Bart Bansbach
Chase Boswell
Pete Coors
Bruce DiBiase
George Fancher
Dr. Frank Galey
Pat Grant
Mark Honnen
Buck Hutchison
Douglas Jones
Mary McBride
Charles Monfort
Judi Newman
Tom Petrie
Nancy Petry
Edward Robinson
Richard Robinson
Dick Scarlett, III
Peter Sherlock
Bill Sinclaire
Bob Tointon
Tim Travis
Hank True
Carrie Coors Tynan
Barth Whitham
Ron Williams
Court Wold

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