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.


2020 Honoree Jerry Quinlan

Well-known Casper native Jerry Quinlan is well respected not only in the Casper community but also in the state of Wyoming, particularly in wrestling, both as a competitor and coach. As a competitor, he was crowned the Wyoming State Champion Outstanding Wrestler in his senior year of high school.

Quinlan served for four years in the United States Air Force before he returned home to Casper in 1958, where he enrolled in Casper College. During that time, he was a member of the Casper College wrestling team, graduating in 1959 with his associate’s degree. Jerry then left to get his bachelor’s degree in social studies from San Jose State College. When he returned in 1961, he started his teaching career at East Junior High School.

A year later, he began teaching English and History at NCHS and later became the department chair of the social studies department, the activities director, and coached football, wrestling, and track.  As a wrestling coach, he garnered many impressive statistics as well as earning the Wyoming Coaches Association Wrestling Coach of the year three times.

His outstanding career as a teacher and coach has influenced many of Wyoming’s leaders throughout his career in education.


Past Recipients


Brent Erickson: 2019

Chris Navarro: 2018

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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