President, Colorado Christian University. Chairman of Cherry Creek Mortgage Company (mortgage banking); The El Paso Mortgage Company (mortgage banking); and Centennial State Mortgage Company (mortgage banking). Chairman of Denver-based Oppenheimer Funds.
A Representative and a Senator from Colorado; born in Fremont, Dodge County, Nebr., March 16, 1937; attended the public schools, Tulane University 1954-1955, and the University of Minnesota 1956; served in the United States Army National Guard 1957-1963; president of a radio station in Aurora, Colo.; banker; State representative 1963-1964; State senator 1965-1972; State senate majority leader 1969-1972; elected in 1972 as a Republican to the Ninety-third Congress; reelected to the Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1979); was not a candidate in 1978 for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate; reelected in 1984, and served from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1991; not a candidate for reelection in 1990; chairman, Republican Policy Committee (Ninety-ninth through One Hundred First Congresses); is a resident of Littleton, Colo.
Mr. Armstrong was later president of KEZW in Denver and president of the Ambassador Media Corporation, which owned television stations in Pocatello and Twin Falls, Idaho, and Jackson, Wyo. He was also president of the Colorado Springs newspaper The Sun.
After leaving the Senate, Mr. Armstrong was director of the evangelical group Campus Crusade for Christ from 1991 to 2008. He was named president of Colorado Christian University, in Lakewood, in 2006.
Mr. Armstrong married Ellen M. Eaton in 1962, and she survives him. In addition to his wife, Mr. Armstrong is survived by a daughter, Anne; a son, Wil; and eight grandchildren, according to the university.