1999 – William “Bill” Dubois

Mr. Dubois, the great-grandson of Col. E.A. Slack, was fittingly honored for his more than 30 years of volunteer efforts on behalf of the event created by his ancestor, Cheyenne Frontier Days. The teacher and historian first volunteered at Frontier Days as a boy helping his father. Since then, he has served on a number of the event’s committees. In fact, the rodeo couldn’t start without him — he has opened each performance for more than 30 years by singing the National Anthem. In addition to his years of service with Frontier Days, Mr. Dubois was the founding chairman of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum and has been actively involved in the Laramie County and Wyoming historical societies. “I think it’s important that if we’re here and we’re in good health, we need to earn it, and that involves getting away from one’s self and doing for others,” he said upon receiving the award.