2008 Distinguished Jeffco Alumni Award: Joe Romig, Lakewood High School, Class of 1957
For a career that exemplifies accomplishments and service to society, Joe Romig's
life exemplifies the definition of "Outstanding American.'' His
accomplishments in the fields of Physics, Astrogeophysics, and prevention of Fire, Explosions and Arson have produced a standard that few can match.
Rocket Scientist certainly applies to Joe Romig
, for he
He has worked as a Research Scientist for Martin-Marietta Aerospace and Space Applications, Inc. and consultant in Applied Physics and Geophysics.
He is currently a consultant for Fire and Explosions, Ponderosa Associates, Ltd. in Lafayette, Colorado.
He also is an instructor for Continuing Education at the University of Colorado and has a patent for "Process for improved Glass Article Coating, and Such Coated Articles."
Romig has been and is a member of several national and international science boards and associations.
Among those are the American Association of Rhodes Scholars
, New York Academy of Science
, American Geophysical Union
, American Physical Society
, American Association for the Advancement of Science
, International Association of Arson Investigators
and National Fire
He also was the chairman of the Mental Health Association of Colorado (1973).
was a two-time high school state wrestling champion at Lakewood (1957-1958).
also was a two-time all-state halfback in football (1956-1957) and went on to earn All-Big Eight and All-America honors (1959-1961) and was the UPI College
Lineman of the Year in 1961 at the University of Colorado
graduated as valedictorian at Colorado becoming a Rhodes Scholar (1963-1965) studying at Oxford, Woodrow Wilson Scholar (1963) and Dansforth Scholar (1965-1970).
many other sports honors: He
was named to the Big Eight All-Time team (1969), inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
(1973), National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame
(1984), National High School Hall of Fame
(1990), Colorado High School Activities Association
Hall of Fame (1993) and the University of Colorado
Hall of Fame (1999, scholar and athlete).
He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Football Hall of Fame, Colorado Chapter.