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Bob Sturm
Bob  Sturm

Football & Track (Inducted 2000)


Bob L. Sturm, the pride of Muskogee (Okla.) Central High School, earned four varsity letters in football and three in track at GW between 1952-56. His primary athletic prowess was on the gridiron where he started 36 consecutive football games in four seasons at defensive safety ('52-55) and three season at quarterback ('53-55). He also co-captained the Colonials squad in 1955. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1956, he served as defensive backfield coach the following fall when GW had its finest football season ever (8-1-1) and won the Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas, on January 1, 1957.

Earning his master's degree in sociology from GW in 1958, Sturm spent the next six years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force - followed by 14 more years in the Wyoming Air National Guard (ANG). He retired from the ANG as a Lieutenant Colonel and command pilot with more than 20 years of military service and more than 8,000 flying hours.

After completing his active duty commitment in the Air Force, Sturm began a highly successful career in Denver (Colo.) business community. He has served as an investment counselor for over 35 years and was a partner of Boettcher and Co., and senior vice president of First Union Securities in Denver. He also served as the Senior Financial Advisor of The Sturm Group, a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisory Team, in Denver, Colorado.

In addition to his professional career, Sturm initiated a newsletter sharing the whereabouts and happenings of `50s GW football teammates and classmates. Nearly 100 GW athletes, wives and widows, coaches, staff members and friends were on the list and routinely contributed information on happenings in their lives.

Sturm passed away in October, 2017.