Conservative activist, Holly Coors, dies at 88

Posted Jan. 22, 2009, at 5 a.m.

GOLDEN, Colo. — Holly Coors, a conservative political activist and philanthropist and the ex-wife of brewery magnate Joseph Coors, died Sunday. She was 88.

Family spokeswoman Aimee Valdez said Coors died at her home in Golden after a long illness. Valdez did not give an exact cause of death.

Coors served on the board of the Heritage Foundation, which her ex-husband helped create. She was also on the board of the Federalist Society and was founder and president of Women of our Hemisphere Achieving Together, which helps Central American women.

She served as a trustee, director or advisory board member for a dozen other foundations, colleges and institutions.

President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the Board of Governors of the Air Force Academy and named her a goodwill ambassador. President George H.W. Bush appointed her to the White House Fellows Commission.

She was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Bangor, Maine. She met Joseph Coors in Nantucket, Mass., and they married in 1941. They divorced in 1988.

Joseph Coors, who died in 2003, was chief operating officer of Golden-based Adolph Coors Co., which his grandfather founded. The company is now part of Molson Coors.

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