In 1969, when he was 34 years old (ten years younger than I am now–what exactly have I been doing with my life?), my father ran for School Board as one half of the Benton-Pascoe ticket. He strongly believed in giving a quality education to ALL children, not just his own. Benton-Pascoe ran in favor of integrating the schools but Denver was not ready for integration and they lost. This was the press release issued on announcement day, March 8, 1969:
Monte Pascoe, a 34-year-old Denver attorney, announced Saturday he is a candidate for the Denver Board of Education.
“We must provide quality education for our children,” Pascoe said. “To achieve this goal we must be certain our teachers are adequately trained and compensated, our facilities are in good condition and properly equipped, and our curriculum is designed to meet today’s needs.”
“We must also be certain our children have the opportunity to learn with each other, regardless of racial or ethnic background. The divisions in our community and in our country result, in part, because we isolate ourselves from one another. In the past public schools provided a way for all citizens to communicate with each other. If they do so again, our children will receive quality education.
“I am pleased Ed Benton has agreed to seek re-election. For eight years Ed has spear-headed the community’s struggle for quality education for all children and I would like to join in that effort.”
Pascoe attended Park Hill Elementary, Smiley Junior High and East High Schools. He is a former East High All-American football player. He was awarded a scholarship to Dartmouth College where he received the Barrett Cup, given each year to “an outstanding senior.”
After his graduation from Stanford Law School in 1960 he returned to Denver to practice law. He is a director and secretary of Junior Achievement and an elder at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church.
Pascoe is a Democratic District Captain, and last year was Colorado co-ordinator for the Humphrey presidential campaign. He and his wife Pat, a former school teacher, have three children, 8, 6, and 4 months. The older two attend Dora Moore Elementary School.