In Memory

Archie Twitchell

Archie Twitchell (1936-2024) enjoyed an interesting life. He believed that love, action and pain gave meaning to human life as described by Viktor Frankl. He is survived by a loving wife, Irene Jordan and two children: Jennifer Sherwood (David) and Ben Twitchell (Mandy) plus three adored grand children and three great grand children.

He served as city manager of three cities: Grants Pass, OR, Medford, OR and Boulder CO. He played a significant role in the development of the Boulder Downtown Mall (1976) which the Wall Street Journal described as one of the two best in the United States.

He benefited greatly from attending excellent colleges and Universities: Colby BA 1958, the University of Denver MPA 1961 and the University of Southern California, DPA 1985. Working on a doctorate at USC was a wonderful learning experience.

He taught graduate students in Europe for the University of Maryland from 1992-2001. As program director for the Masters of Public Administration program in Heidelberg Germany, having the rare experience of participating with the other program directors in a team where all were interchangeable parts. Having utter confidence that another program director would make exactly the right decision for you in your absence was an extremely rare experience.

In keeping with Archie's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. 

Cremation arrangements have been made by Cremation Society of Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at

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03/26/24 09:13 AM #1    

John Nolan

I'm very sorry to hear of Archie's passing. He was a good friend when we both worked at Heidleberg HQ. A wise ans steady presence, Archie was very kind to me, gently mentoring the "new guy" among the Academic Director set, though he probably never even realized that was what he was doing! We often talked about our shared love of Kentucky, and I was ver glad he went home fo rhis later years. Rest well old friend!  

03/26/24 02:16 PM #2    

Maggie Smith (Hutchison)

We were so sad to hear about Archie's passing. He was a good friend to us when we all worked together in Heidelberg. He gave me great advice about being an Academic Director - build a strong team and they will have your back! 

03/27/24 08:58 AM #3    

Valerie Mock

Archie was a true gentleman, a good friend, a wise counselor, and a mainstay of the Graduate Programs of UMUC-Europe for many years as both Academic Director and Director of the Public Administration Program. With his successful experiences as a city manager, he brought real world knowledge and informative anecdotes to his students.  He was one of those people who always seemed to be smiling and really liked being around people. I can remember a couple of times when he planned excursions to unusual historic places as a group outing for UMUC HQ, including perhaps, the Maginot Line, Metz, and a fortress in Northern France. We all benefitted from knowing him. Thanks, Archie for being you.

06/10/24 07:05 PM #4    

Martine Robinson (Beachboard)

I'm sorry to hear this.

Rest in peace.

Martine Robinson Beachboard


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