Educator who wrote ENMU’s alma mater remembered

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Eastern New Mexico University’s school song was written by a professor who learned to play the violin at age 6 and worked for the Department of Education into his 90s. A. Bruce Gaarder died at 98 July 1 in Arlington, Va. “He was always the educator,” said Ingrid Kauffman, Gaarder’s daughter. “That’s what he got […]

Alumna recalls ENMU’s beginnings

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Living a few blocks from her alma mater — Eastern New Mexico University — 1937 graduate Lois Cantrell recalls the days when the school had a tenth of its current enrollment and not even a handful of buildings. Cantrell earned an associate of arts in music and English as well as a teaching certificate from […]

Obituaries June 10

Alma Atkins, 83 Alma Atkins, 83, of Exeter, Calif., died Thursday, May 29, 2003, in Visalia. She was born Oct. 26, 1919, in Dora, to Zeneth and Janie Wilmoth. She married John W. Atkins on March 3, 1940, in Roswell. They moved to Exeter in 1945. Family members said she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, playing […]