Late Dr. Dennis McGuire Receives Legacy Award

Served Northglenn community for almost 50 years.

The Northglenn Legacy award was presented to the legendary late Dr. Dennis McGuire for almost 50 years of contributions of time, talent, dedication, commitment, active involvement and support throughout the Northglenn community.

McGuire began serving the area in 1965, opening the Northglenn Optometric Center in the old Northglenn Mall before moving to the current location in the 1970s.

He was a true pioneer of the sport of judo. He co-founded the Northglenn Judo Club in 1965, which is the longest lasting and most successful judo club in the country. He originally held judo classes at the former Northglenn Jr. High School, and moved his classes to the Northglenn Recreation Center in 1974.

Over 48 years he taught and inspired more than 8,000 students. He created a launching pad for some of the top judoka in the country. He trained more than one hundred athletes that become national champions or Triple Crown winners. He even had two Olympians and one Olympic Alternate. USA Judo gave Dr. McGuire its highest honor – the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. McGuire was a charter member and past president of the Northglenn/Thornton Rotary since 1968. He received the Rotarian Citizen of the Year Award, and numerous other civic awards and recognitions for various community contributions.

Other affiliations include the Jaycees, Northglenn Recreation Center Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain AAU, Colorado Judo League and United States Judo. He was active in the Colorado Optometric Association, serving as a trustee and on various committees. He served on the Colorado Vision Service and American Vision Services Board of Directors.

A park bench was dedicated to him and placed in front of the rec center, where he taught judo for more than four decades.

City of Northglenn
11701 Community Center Drive
Northglenn, CO 80233