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Current Issue: August 19, 2002
Volume 38, Number 3

In Memoriam

Hugh B. Muir

Hugh B. Muir, 81, professor of law at UNM from 1968 to 1983, died July 25 after an extended illness.

He graduated with honors from the University of Oregon in 1943.
A platoon leader in World War II, he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and held prisoner for more than a year.

Upon his return to the U.S. he joined a law firm as a CPA and then attended law school at the University of Michigan where he was associate editor of the Michigan Law Review.

In the Spring of 2000, the UNM School of Law honored him by starting the Hugh Muir Oath Project, which has first year students write conduct oaths.

Donations in his honor may be sent to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc, 1250 Hylan Blvd. Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY, 10305.

Louis Owens

Louis OwensNovelist, scholar and former UNM English Professor Louis Owens, Ph.D, died at age 53.

Owens, of Choctaw and Cherokee ancestry, was on the UNM faculty from 1994-2000. A critical interpreter of Native American literature, Owens received book awards for his fiction and scholarly work. Many of his novels were translated into other languages.

Author of “John Steinbeck’s Re-Vision of America,” Owens was a Steinbeck authority and had recently appeared on C-SPAN to discuss Steinbeck scholarship during a centennial celebration of the California author.

The author of five novels, he won the American Book Award in 1997 for “Nightland.” He also wrote four books of literary criticism and a new essay collection, “I Hear the Train.”

One of nine children, Louis and brother Gene were the only two to complete high school. Louis was the only one to go to college. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from UC Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. from UC Davis, where he was teaching at the time of his death.

Owens’ academic reputation in Native American fiction started in 1985 with an article, “A Map of the Mind: Darcy McNickle and the American Indian Novel,” published in Western American Literature.
In 1993 he won the PEN-Josephine Miles Awards for “Other Destinies” and his novel, “The Sharpest Sight” (1992).

He also received the Julian J. Rothbaum Prize for his 1992 novel “Bone Game” in 1994.

Owens, who considered himself a mixed-blood American, explored the dilemmas of being from multiple heritages through much of his writing — both in fiction and non-fiction. He wove in layers of Native American metaphor and myth.

Carl Schultz

Carl Schultz, Ph.D, professor in the Anderson Schools of Management (ASM), died Aug. 7.

Schultz earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of North Carolina in 1979. He accepted a faculty appointment with the Anderson Schools that same year, rising through the professional ranks to professor in 1991.

His research focused on seminal issues in operations management. Schultz disseminated his research in the highest quality academic journals including Decision Sciences, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Management Science and OMEGA, for which he has received considerable academic acclaim.

Students consistently lauded Schultz for his teaching effectiveness. They viewed his classes as tough, but exceptional for their content and skill development. He combined theory and practice while keeping classes lively with his subtle humor.

"Carl’s colleagues held him in the highest regard for his contribution to management education and academic advancements in his field. However, the collective sentiment is that our School and the University community have lost someone very special; someone who deeply touched the lives of those around him; who left the world a much better place for his presence; and, someone who simply cannot be replaced," said ASM Dean Howard Smith.