Former CWGA president Hannah Bolster passes away at age 84
by Gary Baines
Hannah Bolster, a former CWGA president and longtime volunteer for the association, passed away on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz., after a short battle with cancer. She was 84.
Bolster served as president, the CWGA’s top volunteer position, in 1992. She played a key role in the hiring of Robin (Elbardawil) Jervey as executive director, leading the search committee. Jervey, who succeeded the CWGA’s first executive director, Maggie Giesenhagen, went on spend 22 years as the association’s top staffer, by far the longest tenure of anyone in that position. (Bolster, at right in photo, is pictured in 2014 with Jervey.)
Bolster, who was elected CWGA president in November 1991, was a strong leader of the association. Besides being president, she was a vice-president, chaired the association’s Rules Committee and served on the Course Rating and Handicap Committee at various times. She proudly volunteered for the CWGA until she and husband Bill moved to Arizona in 1998, and a CWGA necklace was her pride and joy.
While in Colorado, Bolster was a longtime member and ardent golfer at Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont.
Bolster grew up in Huntington, W. Va., and attended Marshall University. Hannah and Bill married in 1961 and spent the next 17 years in Saginaw, Mich., before moving to Colorado. Bill predeceased Hannah.
Services for Bolster are pending.