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Rod and Maxine Chisholm Named Grand Marshals of UW Homecoming Parade

October 15, 2014
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Maxine and Rod Chisholm will be the grand marshals for the University of Wyoming Homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 18.

Longtime University of Wyoming supporters and community leaders Rod and Maxine Chisholm of Laramie will be the grand marshals of the annual UW Homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 18.

“While balancing their career and family responsibilities, they have contributed time and energy to a number of philanthropic activities that have supported Laramie, the University of Wyoming and the state of Wyoming,” says UW Alumni Association Executive Director Keener Fry.

The Chisholms will lead the procession of floats, bands and other units through downtown Laramie beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade starts at Ninth and Ivinson streets, goes west to Second Street, south on Second Street to Grand Avenue, and then east on Grand to 13th Street.

The Homecoming tradition, started in 1922, continues with this year’s theme “We are Wyoming."

Rod, who had a longtime dentistry practice in Laramie, received a B.S. degree in zoology and physiology at UW in 1958. Maxine received a B.S.N. in 1980, and an M.S. (1982) with a family nurse practitioner focus. She worked as a clinical instructor in the UW School of Nursing.

They have been members of the Cowboy Joe Club for 40 years, starting in 1974 and, for the last few years, they have generated record-breaking donations in Albany County for the club. They also have been UW Alumni Association members for 20 years starting in 1994.They were named the “greatest UW football fans” by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

Maxine provided primary care for 100 residents at a nursing home, and was a clinical instructor and program coordinator for Laramie County Community College. She was appointed by the governor to the State Board of Nursing for two terms and served as vice president -- she was the first geriatric nurse practitioner to serve on the board. She was elected to the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees for seven years and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Rod’s involvement in community service ranges from being president of Rotary International, the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce and Laramie Youth Baseball to serving on the board of directors for a number of organizations ranging from the Wyoming Territorial Park, Salvation Army, Laramie Economic Development and Laramie Country Club. He served two terms on the Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners and holds life membership in the American Dental Association.

For more information about the parade or UW Homecoming events, call the UW Alumni Association at (307) 766-4166 or visit

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