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Current Issue: April 14, 2003
Volume 38, Number 18

In Memoriam

Donald Salazar, 56, a Santa Fe attorney who was one of four new members named to the UNM Board of Regents in January by Gov. Bill Richardson, has died of cancer.

Salazar earned his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. He was a law clerk for the New Mexico Supreme Court before he began his career specializing in administrative and regulatory law.

He was active with the New Mexico Bar Association, and the Hispanic Bar Association and was president of the 1st Judicial Bar Association.

Salazar served on numerous civic and cultural organizations, including the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Las Golondrinas Museum, Santa Fe Economic Development, Inc., Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, United Way and the First National Bank of Santa Fe Board of Directors.

“Serving on the Board of Regents was very important to him, and it was very obvious from the beginning that he had a deep love for the University. His counsel and effort will certainly be missed,” said Larry Willard, President of the UNM Board of Regents.

Fellow Regent Jamie Koch, who was named to the UNM Board at the same time as Salazar and who carpooled with him to meetings of the Regents, said, “He was very excited to be a Regent. He was very dedicated. If he said he was going to do something, there was no doubt he would do it.”

Salazar is survived by his wife, Bergit; children, Auben and Paul; mother, Carmelita Salazar; brothers, Michael Salazar and Frank Salazar; sister, Barbara Jaynes and husband, Ron, brother, Richard Salazar and wife, Eva Behrens, and brother David Salazar.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be made to Rancho de las Golondrinas Museum, La Cienega, NM.