2002 Honorees

Walter Bothe

WallofFame-02-BotheWalter Bothe received his Masters Degree from the School of Criminal Justice in 1966. He began his career in law enforcement with the Secret Service and was assigned as the representative to the federal organized crime strike force and subsequently as personal security for the U. S. Treasury, U. S. State Department, and White House where he was a supervisor on the protective detail assigned to Dr. Henry A. Kissinger.

Walter’s legacy and commitment to law enforcement continues today through the Walter E. Bothe Memorial Scholarship, established by Mrs. Edith Bothe and Mary Ann Bothe Petree. The Scholarship is awarded to talented students who are pursuing law enforcement studies.

Russell Colling

WallofFame-02-CollingRussell Colling graduated from the School of Criminal Justice with a BS ’59 and Masters in ’65.

Russell Colling began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Saugatuck, Michigan and was soon appointed Chief of Police, the youngest to ever hold this position in the state’s history. His graduate work led to the development of a security facility for Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Illinois, one of the first of its kind within the healthcare industry. Russell retired as Executive Vice President for Security for the Hospital Shared Services of Colorado.

Russell Colling served as a past member of the School of Criminal Justice Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Rex Scouten

WallofFame-02-ScoutenRex Scouten earned his bachelor degree from the School of Criminal Justice in 1948. After graduation he joined the Secret Service and was assigned to the White House under President Harry S. Truman and later served as the White House Chief Usher, Regional Director and Curator as well as the liaison with the National Park Service.

Rex Scouten has received the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service, the George McAneny Award and the American Historical Preservation Society Award. He is also an honorary Regent Emeritus of the American Architecture Foundation, member of the Board for Preservation of the White House, and Association member of former agents of the U. S. Secret Service.

Ted Vernier

WallofFame-02-VernierTed Vernier graduated from the School of Criminal Justice in 1957 and began his career as a federal narcotics agent, joining the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in Cleveland. In 1970, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs selected him to establish the nation’s first task force that grew into the Justice Departments Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement.

Ted Vernier retired as Director of Investigations and Manager of Corporate Security for the Chrysler Corporation and served as a past member of the School of Criminal Justice Alumni Association Board.