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James Fargo Balliett

state legislator, federal appointee, and mayor, was born in Chicago, the son of Wellington M. Webb, a railroad porter, and Mardina Devereaux Webb. When he was seven, Wellington was sent to Denver to live with his grandmother, Helen Gamble. He suffered from asthma, and the dry mountain air was thought to be an improvement for his health. It was, and he excelled both in school and at sports, especially basketball. In 1960 Webb attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado, and was an all-conference basketball player. Four years later he obtained his BA in Sociology from Colorado State on a basketball scholarship. In 1969 he married Wilma Gerdine, a political activist. Webb received his MA in-Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1971 That same year while working in Denver as a forklift operator he decided to seek career advice from ...