Our classmate, Bart Rickenbaugh, passed away on March 24, 2002. The following is excerpted from The Denver Post:
Bart Rickenbaugh, said his friends, managed to achieve something in 35 years that most people never manage in a full life span: He lived his dreams.
A four-year rugby player at Dartmouth, Rickenbaugh also was a former saddle bronc rider with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He loved to play hockey, hunt, ski, run and play racquetball. He moved from Denver to Bozeman in 2000. “You go through life and you only meet a few good folks,” said Russ McElyea, who worked with Rickenbaugh in the law firm of Moore, O’Connell & Refling. “Bart is” – he paused for a long, painful moment – “was one of them. He mixed well with us because he worked hard and had fun. You rarely find anyone with his talent that is so interested in other people and so humble about his own capabilities.”
‘He was good at everything he did,’ McElyea said. ‘He was fun to play with because he was so competitive and always challenged you, but he also was gracious, humble and a good sportsman. He had an extraordinary sense of humor and was a great guy to have a beer with. We’re all poorer for his absence.’
Rickenbaugh spent part of his youth on his family’s ranch in Gunnison, CO where he picked up the skills that let him compete in rodeos as a saddle-bronc rider.
In his younger years, Rickenbaugh attended Graland Country Day School in Denver and Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College in 1988 and a law degree from the University of Denver in 1994.
Bart Rickenbaugh is survived by his wife, Lisa; and children Sam, 5, and Lila, 3; sisters Anne Rickenbaugh, 36, and Katherine Rich.