Rob Winter Memorial Fund
Robert “Rob” Louis Winter II, Boulder Community Hospital’s
Director of Information Security - Legal Services, passed away on June
22, 2019 at age 44 after a courageous four-year battle with stage 4b colorectal cancer.
Rob was born on November 7, 1974 at Camp Lejeune, NC, to Nancy L. Winter
and Robert H. Winter. His family moved to Colorado when Rob was a toddler,
and as a result, he truly considered himself to be a Colorado native.
In his teens, Rob’s athletic interests turned to cycling, which became,
as he often said, his “Zen.” For years, he regularly participated
in many charity rides, such as the Tour de Cure (with Team Agapee) to
support diabetes research, and – even before his diagnosis –
the B Strong Ride, which funds cancer care at BCH’s Center for Integrative
Care and also benefits the George Karl Foundation.
Many – especially those on his Blue Sky Velo community riding team
– have marveled at how Rob continued to cycle 17,300 miles throughout
his surgical procedures and nearly all of his 85 chemotherapy treatments.
Rob received both his undergraduate (2008) and master’s degrees (2010)
at Regis University in Denver. Before he came to BCH, he held positions
as the Information Security Officer at the University of California San
Francisco Medical Center (2011 – 2014) and as the Information Security
Architect at Stanford University Medical Center (2008 – 2011).
In addition to his work at BCH, Rob was also an Affiliate Professor, teaching
graduate classes in the School of Computer and Information Sciences at
Regis. Up until his passing, his present and former students considered
him to be a revered mentor.
Rob had a deep admiration and respect for the mission performed at BCH,
and in turn, his passion to protect the integrity of personal information
of both the patients and the staff at BCH was highly regarded.
Rob and his devoted wife, Erin, have three children together, Robert, Ethan,
and Andrea (Andi). In addition, Rob leaves behind his mother Nancy, father
Bob, step-mother Jean, sister Jill, brother Dan, wife Shannon and children,
mother-in-law Glenda Jo Bauman, other extended family, as well as many
cherished bicycle riders, friends and co-workers.
Rob often said, “Coach never taught me to lose.” He touched
countless others with his spunk and his indomitable spirit. He took to
coaching and encouraging others, modeling for them how to challenge adversity.
Even though he has passed from this life, the example he has set for us
will live on. He never lost: as a coach, he continues to encourage each
of us to move forward with positivity and passion.
For those who are touched by Rob’s life, please consider offering
a donation to the BCH Center of Integrative Care. We hope that many more
will be able to reflect upon and repeat Rob’s words for themselves:
"I couldn't have done it without their amazing care."
Center for Integrative Care, located in the Tebo Family Medical Building on the Foothills Medical
Campus, provides an array of complementary therapies that can aid healing
and recovery. All services are evidence-based, integrated with conventional
care, and provided by certified and licensed practitioners. These therapies
reduce stress and anxiety and improve clinical outcomes by enhancing wound
healing, reducing the need for pain medication and shortening hospital stays.