Pueblo Hall of Fame names 2019 inductees

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The Pueblo Community College Foundation has announced three new members to be inducted into the Pueblo Hall of Fame in February.

Dr. Carl Bartecchi, Renee Carson and Andrew Trainor will be honored Feb. 16 at the 29th Pueblo Hall of Fame dinner, according to a new release from the foundation.

The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in PCC’s Fortino Ballroom, 900 W. Orman Ave. Call 719-544-0677 or email officemgr@puebloccfoundation.org for more information.

DR. CARL BARTECCHI

Dr. Bartecchi moved to Pueblo in 1970 after completing a residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was stationed at Fort Carson following his service as a flight surgeon in Vietnam in the mid-1960s.

Bartecchi helped recruit several doctors to Pueblo to create what became the Southern Colorado Clinic while at Ford Hospital.

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Bartecchi started the Bach Mai Hospital Project in the 1990s to educate Vietnamese physicians. He returns to Vietnam twice a year, accompanied by physicians and physician teachers from the University of Colorado, St. Anthony Hospital and National Jewish Health (both in Denver) and the Mayo Clinic. He was awarded the Vietnamese Medal of Freedom and made an honorary professor at Hanoi Medical University for his work, the release said.

“I [am] honored to be inducted into the Pueblo Hall of Fame, as each year it reminds the people of Pueblo of the large number of individuals and the many ways that they have given back to their community through their volunteer efforts,” Bartecchi said via the release.

RENEE CARSON

A southern Colorado native, Carson has lived in Pueblo for more than 40 years.

After graduating from what is now CSU-Pueblo in 1988, Carson applied for a temporary position at Express Employment Professional, the release said. She went on to become a coordinator and manager for the company and is now the majority owner. The release said Carson has volunteered with numerous organizations over the years, including the Latino and Greater Pueblo chambers of commerce, Goodwill, Pueblo Community College Foundation and Colorado State University-Pueblo Career Center advisory board.

“I never thought I would be part of this distinguished [hall of fame] list,” Carson said in the release. “I hope that when my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren walk down the halls at PCC and see my picture on the wall, they’ll want to give back to this community that has given us so much.”

ANDREW TRAINOR

Trainor has become one of Pueblo’s biggest proponents since moving there 15 years ago. He’s a graduate of CSU-Pueblo and The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

Since 2004, he’s served as the regional president of Legacy Bank-Colorado. Trainor is the president of the Pueblo Economic Development Corp. board of directors.

Through Trainor’s efforts, Legacy Bank provided a matching grant to start the Return to Earn scholarship program at Pueblo Community College. He has helped with the funding of multiple CSU-Pueblo prjoects, where he serves on the board of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. “Being an inductee into the Pueblo Hall of Fame is such an honor,” Trainor said in the release. “Personally and professionally, we try to live by three things —what’s right, what builds up others, and what represents us as a person of faith. To be honored for executing those types of principles is humbling.”