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Current Issue: July 28, 2003
Volume 38, Number 24

In Memoriam

Lee Francis

Dr. Lee FrancisAssociate Professor of Native American Studies Lee Francis, Ph.D., 58, died of cancer in Albuquerque July 7.

Francis 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.

A member of the UNM Faculty Senate since 2001, he also served on the Provost’s Strategic Plan diversity subcommittee.

Since 1992, Francis was national director of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and mentored its members from more than 135 indigenous nations/tribes.

He authored several books including “On the Good Red Interstate: Truckstop Tellings and Other Poems” published by Taurean Horn Press, San Francisco, 2002.

Earlier this year, he was the recipient of the Albuquerque Arts Alliance’ Bravos Award for Excellence in Literature.

Of Native 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 State University.

Frieda 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.

"When you thought you couldn't do it, he was there to say you could," Stewart said.

Memorial donations may be made to Wordcraft Circle, 4905 El Aguila Place NW, Albq. N.M., 87120.

Bruce Shively

Bruce Shively, M.D., 55, was killed in a climbing accident in the North Sister Mountains of Oregon July 6.

Shively, 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.

Shively was working at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland at the time of his death.

“As 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.”