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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
November 15, 2004
Volume 40, Number 4

Recent gifts support missions of UNM History Department


By Carolyn Gonzales

Jane Slaughter, History chair, announced recently that the department received an endowment from the estate of Bill Shoemaker, an alumnus of the department who taught history at Albuquerque's Highland High School.

Other scholarships are allowing students to pursue the study of history.

"We are working with the UNM Foundation to determine how best to use the $145,000 bequest from Mr. Shoemaker," Slaughter said. She added that the endowment will be used to support the research and teaching missions of the department. Per the donor's request, the bequest also honors his parents, William F. and Martha E. Shoemaker.

Scholarships currently available in history include the Alfred Grumsfeld Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is extended to one female and one male each year.

Graham Browne, a 40-year attorney with a passion for history, died last year. A scholarship for an undergraduate history major with financial need has been established in his name. Browne helped create Sutin, Thayer, & Browne, one of New Mexico's leading law firms and was a 1963 graduate of the UNM law school.

"The student who receives this scholarship must demonstrate a balance between academic and other pursuits," Slaughter said.

The William Dabney Scholarship was established in honor of the one of the department's own. Honored as both professor and graduate professor of the year, Dabney taught at UNM from 1951-1984.

Dr. Joyce "Evelyn" Duncan Falk established a scholarship to honor History Professor Benjamin Sachs who taught at UNM from 1929-63. Falk was a student of his from 1956-60 and created the scholarship "out of respect for him."

"He was instrumental in my interest in further study in history," she said. The scholarship is awarded for a student to pursue study in European or African history.

Slaughter said the department has a total of 12 endowments and scholarships, some for students, others for faculty. "We have doubled our endowment dollars in recent years," she said.

Of the study of history Slaughter said, "Many say they can't go into history because there is no money in it. But it is in their hearts.