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August. 7, 2007 Communique

 

Former professor set up political science unit

By BRIAN NEWSOME
THE GAZETTE
July 31, 2007 - 12:24AM

A retired professor who gave the first lecture at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and founded the school’s political science department has died at 91.

Jim Busey taught at UCCS from 1965 to 1980. When he arrived there, the university was moving into a bankrupt tuberculosis sanitarium. He helped move hospital beds and medical equipment out to make room for bookcases.

Busey was considered a leading authority on Latin American governance who spoke Spanish and Portuguese, said his son, Philip. He was an independent thinker with a sense of humor, his son said.

According to UCCS, Busey helped establish the school’s independence from the CU-system’s flagship campus in Boulder.

Busey was born in Seattle in 1916. He began teaching in 1937 in a one-room schoolhouse in Alaska as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The job financed his education at the College of Puget Sound. After serving as a military policeman in Alaska during World War II from 1943 to 1946, he earned graduate degrees at Ohio State University and taught at the University of Wyoming from 1949 to 1952. He taught at CU-Boulder from 1952 to 1965.

He lived in Manitou Springs and is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marian, and Philip, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Busey died last week of natural causes. UCCS held a memorial service on Monday.

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