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James Ford Poole

2013 Inductee

James Ford Poole (1936-2008) was an admired leader in business,politics and community service at the local, state and national level.

Born in Laurens, South Carolina, Mr. Poole received a B.A. in Mathematics from Benedict College. A gifted singer, he joined the NORAD Aradcom Choral Group upon enlisting in the Army, and was a featured soloist on an album the group recorded at Carnegie Hall. Other notable performances included the Diana Shore and Arthur Godfrey shows, and Colorado Governor Roy Romer’s inauguration.

Upon moving to Pueblo in 1962, Mr. Poole became a math and civics teacher at Central High School, shaping the young minds of many future leaders. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish James F. Poole Associates becoming the first African-American Certified Financial Planner in Pueblo. During his 40 years as a respected investment advisor he held positions with many organizations including, Treasurer, Pueblo African American Concern Organization, Board of Trustees for Benedict College and Pueblo Community Health Foundation, and was one of five member appointments to the Colorado State Insurance Board by Governor Lamm.

Mr. Poole also served as the Treasurer for the Colorado Democratic Party and as a Board Member of the Colorado State Centennial/Bicentennial Commission. He was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.