‘Debby’ Pool, active in Englewood civic life, dies

Longtime city resident served on school board

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Deborah Hartshorn “Debby” Pool, a longtime Englewood resident who was active with her Arapahoe Acres community and with the Englewood School Board, died Oct. 30 in Denver. She was 91.

Pool served multiple terms on the school boardin the 1970s and 1980s, with two terms as president.

She was born in San Diego in 1930 to Duane and Helen Hartshorn. Her father was a U.S. Army doctor and the family returned to Fort Collins while he was sent to Europe to command a field hospital during World War II.

She graduated from high school in Fort Collins, then attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnestoa, where she majored in zoology.

She next enrolled in graduate school at Columbia University in New York, leaving to marry Floyd Richard “Dick” Pool Jr., a childhood friend who was the son of her parents’ close friends.

The couple eventually settled in the Arapahoe Acres neighborhood, where she worked to get it designated a National Historic District. She wrote an Arapahoe Acres newsletter for many years and welcomed new neighbors, telling them about the historic neighborhood and its unique Mid-Century Modern architectural style.

During her lengthy service on the Englewood School Board, she served on several task forces and committees at the state level, including soliciting the state legislature for more funding for public education.

The couple had three children, who survive her: Vicki Lenox-Pool, Denver (Bill); David Pool, St. Louis; and Diane Seidule, McMinnville, Oregon. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Terra Seidule and David Seidule, Clearwater, Florida; Maggie Pool, Kansas City, Missouri; and Spencer Pool, St. Louis, as well as a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two siblings.

She was interested in music and involved with the start-up of the Colorado Youth Symphony, serving on the board that developed it, involving the University of Denver and conductor Vincent LaGuardia.

She enjoyed attending musical and theatrical performances, Spanish classes, educational seminars and rounds of golf.

Memorial donations in her memory may be sent to Englewood Arts Presents, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO 80110 or the Colorado Symphony, 1000 14th St., Ste. 15, Denver CO 80202.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Angelo’s Taverna, 6885 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton.

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