Boulder Resident John McWethy Dies in Ski Accident

I usually don’t report on this type of current event and this is definitely not an obituary column. But the news of John (Jack) McWethy’s untimely passing conjured a few thoughts.

I had the pleasure to meet and play golf with Jack a few times last fall. I found him engaging, funny, humble and overall all a really happy person. Someone you wanted to spend more time with. As a new resident, he was embracing the Boulder, Colorado lifestyle and loving it. He is one of those many people who could live anywhere in the world and chose our beautiful area in order to enjoy the outdoor activities and the college town atmosphere. He was building a house on the 12th hole of Flatirons Golf Course. It’s a shame he won’t be able to enjoy the views. My sympathies to his family.

AP – KEYSTONE, Colo. — Retired ABC News correspondent John McWethy died Wednesday after crashing into a tree while skiing at the Keystone resort, the Summit County coroner said.
Witnesses said McWethy, 61, was skiing fast on an intermediate trail when he missed a turn and slid chest-first into the tree shortly after 10 a.m., Coroner Joanne L. Richardson said. She said he died of blunt force chest injuries. He was pronounced dead at Summit Medical Center at about 2 p.m. McWethy had moved to Boulder after he retired.
He was a 1969 graduate of DePauw University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2002. He also held a master’s degree from Columbia University’s journalism school.
The longtime ABC correspondent was at the Pentagon when an American Airlines plane hijacked by terrorists crashed into the building Sept. 11, 2001.

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