Bob Davenport passed away on Saturday, October 14, at the age of 87, following a long battle with emphysema, with his wife and son at his side. Bob was born on August 5, 1930 in Earlington, Kentucky. Upon graduation from highschool, Bob was drafted into the Army. Bob and Patricia A. McNerney met shortly thereafer and were married 62 years. After serving three years in the service, Bob and his new bride moved to Denver, where he could attend the University of Denver. Bob graduated from the University of Denver Law School in 1957 and while there, he clerked for the Honorable Francis Knauss. He began working for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 1958 as a staff attorney. He served as Chief Enforcement Attorney from 1968 to 1974 and was afterwards appointed Regional Administrator of the Central Regional Office and after 38 years at the SEC, he retired in 1996. His service and commitment were recognized in 1975 with the SEC’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, and was again recognized in 1983 and 1989 with the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executives. Davenport’s highest profile case was one involving Blinder, once the most notorious trader of penny stocks in volume. Bob Davenport brought civil actions against Meyer Blinder and his brokerage firm Blinder Robinson, forcing Blinder’s firm into bankruptcy. Following retirement, he and Patty traveled to the Philippines and Croatia where Bob worked as a consultant. In 2002, Bob joined Jones & Keller to be Of Counsel, allowing him to share his vast knowledge of securities law.
Bob and Patty moved to Broomfield in 1958 and lived there for over five decades, where he is known for his community service and his vast amounts of work on some of the most recognizable local landmarks. December 11 has been declared Bob Davenport Day in Broomfield. Bob has been credited with the initiative that led to building Broomfield High School, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum. He also is credited with reviving Broomfield’s historic cemetery and paving the way for a full-service cemetery, Broomfield County Commons Cemetery.
Bob is survived by his wife Patty, his daughter Jane Lucas and son-in-law Alan Lucas and their children Philip and Dana of Brookline, MA, and his son Robert Davenport and daughter-in-law Christy Davenport and their daughter Aubrey of Ladera Ranch, CA.