Dwight was a professor at the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado from 1960-1963. Positioned at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, there were plenty of opportunities for recreation. In addition, Colorado had fond memories for Dwight. His trips there when he was a boy had been an escape from an unhappy home life in Kansas City, the farm near Stover, Missouri, and Versailles. He even composed a sentimental song in a competition to select a new Colorado state song. Titled “My Colorado,” it began, “My own, my Colorado, The place I long to be, Where pines in wind and shadow, Are beckoning to me.” But nothing came of it.
Of the places the Bolinger family lived, their daughter Ann loved Boulder the most. She had freedom to explore, loved the walking and swimming opportunities, and found the weather to her taste.
Changes in the political makeup of the University of Colorado Board of Regents left Dwight open to a change. A talk that he gave in Boston was followed by an offer from Harvard University in 1963, so it was time to move again. His friend Pierre Delattre left the following year for the University of California at Santa Barbara.