Professor of Native American Studies Lee Francis, Ph.D., 58,
died of cancer in Albuquerque July 7.
directed the UNM Native American Studies (NAS) Department from
1997-2001. The program reached new heights and an NAS minor
was established during his tenure.
of the UNM Faculty Senate since 2001, he also served on the
Provosts Strategic Plan diversity subcommittee.
Francis was national director of Wordcraft Circle of Native
Writers and Storytellers and mentored its members from more
than 135 indigenous nations/tribes.
several books including On the Good Red Interstate: Truckstop
Tellings and Other Poems published by Taurean Horn Press,
San Francisco, 2002.
this year, he was the recipient of the Albuquerque Arts Alliance
Bravos Award for Excellence in Literature.
American (Laguna Pueblo/Anishinabe) and Lebanese heritage, Francis
received his Ph.D. from Western Institute for Social Research,
Berkeley, Calif., and his MA and BA degrees from San Francisco
Stewart, a student of Francis' and staff in the Alumni Office,
said students young and old were fortunate to have the beloved
professor as a guide.
you thought you couldn't do it, he was there to say you could,"
donations may be made to Wordcraft Circle, 4905 El Aguila Place
NW, Albq. N.M., 87120.
M.D., 55, was killed in a climbing accident in the North Sister
Mountains of Oregon July 6.
a nationally recognized expert in echocardiography, was a cardiologist
and faculty at the UNM School of Medicine from 1986-98.
He was promoted to associate professor of medicine and chief
of the Albuquerque VA cardiology section in 1992.
was working at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center
in Portland at the time of his death.
well as being a superb teacher and clinician, he was an avid
outdoorsman and was often in the mountains climbing, hiking
or skiing, said Jonathan Abrams, M.D., UNM professor of
medicine. He was cultured, highly intelligent, very easy
to like and will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues
across the nation.