Valley Hope co-founder Merlynn “Lynn” Colip has been named to the 2018 list of “50 Kansans You Should Know” published by Ingram’s magazine. The Kansas City, Mo., based publication for business and community news has honored 50 Kansans and 50 Missourians annually since 2011.
“I want to congratulate Doctor Colip on this recognition from Ingram’s,” said Valley Hope President and CEO Pat George. “Lynn, along with Bob Adams and the late Doctor William Leipold, were instrumental in starting and building Valley Hope into what it is today. Because of Lynn’s vision and persistence, hundreds of thousands of patients who suffered from drug and alcohol addiction have found recovery and better lives.”
Colip, a physician practicing medicine in Norton, Kan., and Bob Adams, a minister in nearby Jennings, were trying to help a man suffering from alcoholism. They soon teamed up with Leipold, who had managed an addiction treatment center in North Dakota, and in August 1967, they started Valley Hope. Fifty years later, this defining moment in Valley Hope’s history has helped more than 300,000 people find recovery. Meanwhile, Valley Hope operates 16 residential and outpatient treatment facilities in seven states.
Colip was born and raised in rural Norton County. After high school, he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1957 and from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1961. He began practice as a family doctor in Norton in 1962. He married Joan Eubank, also a KU graduate, in 1957. Today they have four children, 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He retired from his Norton practice in 2000, and from the Valley Hope Board of Directors in 2015.
The complete 50 Kansans You Should Know list is available online at http://ingrams.com/article/50-kansans-you-should-know-2018/.