College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Colglazier Bio

Karen Colglazier

Karen Colglazier is originally from Indianapolis where she was reared. Her father, Bob Dietz '42, played basketball at Butler where he was an all-American, and served as the assistant men's basketball coach under Tony Hinkle from 1947-1970. Karen was going to basketball games at the Field house before she was born, so it was no surprise that she would attend Butler University. She earned her BA ('70) and MA ('74) in history at Butler, and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for study and travel throughout India. She was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.

After graduation, Karen taught social studies in IPS, Washington Township, Noblesville Schools and Hamilton Southeastern High School. She also coached girls' high school tennis and youth soccer. Karen has been very active in the community, serving on various educational and community boards including the Butler University Parent-Faculty Council (2002-2003), Noblesville Schools Community Advisory Council (1985-1992; President, '86-88), and Noblesville Boys and Girls Club Auxiliary. She is currently a member of Butler University's Liberal Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors as well as the Ovid Butler Society Executive Committee.

Karen lives in northeastern Hamilton County with her husband Bud (owner, Don Hinds Ford); along with their three horses, three dogs and a cat who thinks he's a dog! They have three children... John is 29 and lives in Bozeman, MT; Mark, 26, lives in Indianapolis; and their daughter Carrie, who was killed by a drunk driver on June 6, 2003. Carrie had just completed her freshman year at Butler where she was studying in the pre-Physicians Assistant program, a member of the women's soccer team, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She was 19 years old.

Carrie has always been the inspiration for Karen's participation in marathons, half marathons and triathlons. When Karen has time to slow down, you will find her quilting in her studio in Indiana or in their home in Montana, putting her Master Gardener certification to work in the garden, and supporting Butler athletics, especially women's soccer and men's basketball.