Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni

The Casper College Distinguished Alumni are outstanding individuals who have made extensive contributions to their professions or have participated in humanitarian and philanthropic work. They display integrity of character that makes all alumni proud to be associated with such persons.


Chris Navarro

2018 Honoree Chris Navarro

Sculptor Chris Navarro attended Casper College from 1974 to 1976 pursuing a degree in Animal Science. He later returned to school, earning an A.A. in Art in 1990 and has been sculpting professionally since 1986. Chris was a rodeo cowboy and came to Casper College to rodeo for the late Dale Stiles. He is best known for his large monumental sculptures, specializing in monumental bronze sculptures with wildlife, Native American, inspirational, rodeo and western art subjects. With over 31 monuments placed throughout the country, including the monumental bronze of world champion bull rider Lane Frost at Cheyenne, WY, Chris is a former bull and bronc rider and still competes in team roping. There are over 50 pieces of his work on display at the artist-owned Navarro Gallery in Sedona, Arizona and he is represented by four other galleries. His art appears in nine museum collections. He is the creator of both The Spirit of the Thunderbird and the Essence of Rex bronze statues on the Casper College campus. The Spirit of the Thunderbird was an Alumni Association project in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Casper College. Navarro received the coveted Governor’s Arts Award in February 2016 and was also the year’s Honored Artist lecturer at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming. His presentation was titled “Embrace the Struggle”. Chris Navarro and his wife Lynne, have two children J.C. and Natalie.


Past Recipients


Susan Thomas: 2017

Terry Dunn: 2016

Jerry Dunn: 2016

Matteo Pistono: 2014


Dr. Lee Swanstrom: 2013

Hank True III: 2012

Dan and Patty Goble: 2011

Harriet Hageman: 2010


Diana Ohman: 2009

Wayne Hunter: 2008

Raymond Jacquot: 2007

Holly Nye: 2006


Steven Bealer: 2005

Leroy Strausner: 2004

Ron Franscell: 2003

Ellyn Cavanagh: 2002


Kurt Stamm: 2001

Karen Higgins: 2000

                                                            Nancy Curtis: 1999

Paul R. “Bob” Streich: 1998


Dr. Ben Boedeker: 1997

William J. Phillips: 1996

                                                           Roxana Boyles: 1994

Joe Alexander: 1994


Douglas M. Crowe: 1993

F. Russell Huson: 1992

Leslie M. Lawson: 1991

Richard Cheney: 1990


Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas: 1989

Charles W.  Hord: 1988

Dean Conger: 1987

Richard A. “Dick” Tobin: 1987

Marlan Scully: 1986

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