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About the Center

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center is committed to work for the advancement of knowledge and quality of services for people with disabilities through research, professional development, technical assistance, and scholarships. The Center works in partnership with various agencies in Colorado, the nation, and internationally to achieve these missions.

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center was established in 1994 as a result of an endowment established at the University of Northern Colorado by Charles Bresnahan and his wife Mary.

Mr. Bresnahan provided the endowment to honor his grandson, Trent Halstead, who died in 1993 at the age of 33. Mr. Halstead was identified with Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited abnormality of the X chromosome, causing disabilities ranging from mild to severe intensity.

brenahanCharles Bresnahan was well known in the Colorado business and athletic worlds. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 for his achievements as a four-sport star at Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University) and for his longtime work as a referee in several sports. He also had a successful career in Denver area real estate. He died in 1995 at the age of 96.