Fine was willing contributor to community college

The killing of Grand Junction dentist Terry Fine robbed Colorado Northwest Community College in Rangely of a reliable supporter and ready market for its graduates.

“Terry was always offering up his services or his offices” for the dental-hygienist program at the college, said Mark Patterson, who heads the program. “Terry set the benchmark.”

Fine and a family friend, Flo Gallagher, died Saturday when they were shot by a 22-year-old man who accosted them in Fine’s front yard as they and their spouses were preparing to drive to Las Vegas for a vacation.

Fine’s office was the one most sought-after by graduates of the Colorado Northwest hygienist program, Patterson said. Students frequently did observations and other preparation there, as well, he said.

College officials also used Fine’s office as an example when they remodeled the dental-hygienist program in 2005, he said.

“Many of the features you would see here are what you would see in Terry’s office,” he said.

Fine’s practice is still operating with his partner, Anthony Naranja.

Grand Junction police are seeking information about the shootings, which left two other people injured.

Twenty-six tips had been offered to investigators via the police tip line, 244-3577, as of Thursday, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

Fine’s wife, Linda, is recovering at St. Mary’s Hospital. A neighbor of the Fines, Paco Larson, was struck by a bullet. He was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital and released with the bullet still in his back.

The man believed to have fired the shots, 22-year-old Stefan Alexander Martin-Urban, committed suicide less than hour after the shootings, according to the coroner’s report.

Flo Gallagher’s husband, Mike, told police he was followed from his home to the Fines’ house at 2631 Chestnut Drive by a man in a dark green SUV.

Police are hoping to contact the driver of a four-door white pickup truck that waved the Gallaghers through the intersection of 27 and G roads between 8:20 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to learn if he also saw the SUV.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the tip line.


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