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Current Issue:  May 6, 2002
Volume 37, Number 20

In Memoriam

Michael L. Pillet

Michel L. Pillet, professor emeritus, School of Architecture and Planning, died recently in Montpellier, France from complications related to leukemia. 

Pillet taught at UNM from 1969-1977 and again from 1983-1989. He created, organized and directed the graduate program in architecture from 1969-1975.

He taught design studios at all levels as well as 19th and 20th century history courses on the architecture of the Southwest. He taught design theories and methods and introductory architecture and design courses.

Well regarded by his colleagues, the staff and faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning put together a quilt for Pillet when they learned of his illness. Unfortunately, due to a French mail strike, he did not receive the quilt. It was returned to the school. They are considering either displaying it in the new building or raffling it off to raise money for leukemia research.

An event, “Tribute to Michel Pillet” is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 from 3-5 p.m., to coincide with Homecoming so that former students can attend.

A memorial fund will be established at the School of Architecture and Planning in Pillet’s name.  Contributors can make checks payable to the UNM Foundation and sent to: Pam Hurd-Knief, Development Officer, UNM School of Architecture and Planning, 2414 Central SE, Albuquerque, NM  87131.

Estelle Zannes

Estelle Zannes, 77, professor emerita in the Communication and Journalism Department, died recently in Albuquerque.

Zannes retired last year after 27 years at UNM. The author of six books, she was at work on a novel with her son Tim at the time of her death.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she began her career as a model and stage actress. In the late 1940s, she starred in her own radio program and later became the first woman to host a local television show in Miami, Fl.

After the death of her husband, Tommy, an aeronautical engineer, she returned to Cleveland with her three children to attend Cuyahoga Community College and Case Western Reserve University. Within six years she completed her undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D in communication at Case.

In 1973, she moved to New Mexico to teach at UNM. “She really enjoyed teaching at UNM, especially being with the students, they kept her young and alive. She was always a teacher for her family,” Tim Zannes said.

Zannes was also a political advisor and mentor to former Mayors David Rusk in Albuquerque and Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland.
A memorial service will be held at the Outpost Performance Space Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m.

A trust is being established in Zannes' name to promote the performing arts. Contributions may be sent to the Estelle Zannes Memorial Fund, 1712 San Patricio, SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104.