Campus News - December 10, 2001

Four to receive regents' medals

UNM will award Regents’ Meritorious Service Medals to Dr. Janette S. Carter of the UNM School of Medicine, posthumously, and to Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication and Journalism Hank Trewhitt and the Regents’ Recognition Medal to Stephen L. Wilkes, also posthumously, and former United States Ambassador to Spain Edward L. Romero at UNM’s fall Commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the University Arena (“The Pit”).

The Regents’ Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to UNM faculty and staff to recognize extraordinary and distinguished service to the University and the Regents’ Recognition Medal is awarded to individuals other than faculty or staff who have performed outstanding service to the institution.

Dr. Janette S. Carter

Friends and colleagues across New Mexico were saddened to hear that two valued and much loved members of the UNM family, Dr. Janette S. Carter and her husband, Stephen Wilkes, died in an airplane crash shortly after takeoff during a sightseeing trip in Alaska on July 15.

Carter was associated with the UNM School of Medicine throughout most of her career. She also practiced at the VAMC. Carter was known throughout the city as a social-activist, a successful researcher in the field of diabetes, a devoted wife, mother and good friend. She is especially noted for her work with Native Americans with diabetes.

Henry “Hank” L. Trewhitt

Hank Trewhitt became a New Mexican when the Navy sent him to UNM in 1945. He graduated in 1949 in UNM’s first journalism class and became the only Los Alamos correspondent for the Santa Fe New Mexican.

During his career he worked for several major newspapers and traveled in more than 100 countries, including several periods of reporting in Vietnam. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gridiron Club and appeared frequently on Sunday public affairs programs. For more than 20 years, he was a regular panelist on the public television program, “Washington Week in Review.”

Trewhitt left Washington to return to UNM as an associate professor of journalism in 1989. He retired in 1997, but remained active in the Alumni Association and campus committees, including the Student Publication Board.

He remains writing coach for the Daily Lobo.

Edward L. Romero

On April 2, 1998, President Clinton announced his nomination of Edward L. Romero as U.S. Ambassador to Spain. On June 1, the President named him to serve concurrently as Ambassador to Andorra.

A Korean War veteran, Romero was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Advanced Sciences, Inc., an international environmental engineering and waste management corporation that merged with Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc. in 1998.

He has been a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Services Policy Advisory Committee and has led a number of U.S. delegations to Mexico. During the Carter administration, he served on the Federal Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Helsinki Accords.

He is a well-known leader in the Hispanic community and was a co-founder of the Hispanic Culture Foundation and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

In October, 2000, UNM President William C. Gordon said Romero “deserves an enormous amount of credit” for his role in making the $1.5 million Prince of Asturias Endowed Chair in information science and technology a reality at UNM. Romero also has been credited in helping UNM establish ties and exchange programs with a number of institutions in Spain.

Stephen “Steve” L. Wilkes

Management consultant Stephen L. Wilkes, husband of Dr. Janette Carter, was familiar to many faculty and staff for the numerous retreats he facilitated across the UNM campus.

“Those of us who participated in those experiences valued enormously his optimistic, enthusiastic and fun approach to bringing people together to solve tough problems,” said Dr. Mary Lipscomb, chair SOM Department of Pathology.
Prior to forming Stephen L. Wilkes and Associates Management Consulting, Wilkes managed organizations for seven years and served for three years as an internal management consultant to Sandia National Laboratories.

Wilkes helped create “The Jug Band,” a local band that remained popular for more than 25 years. Wilkes played classical guitar and, in the band, played the jug.

He also helped create the Rio Grande Bosque Nature Preserve Society. “Species diversity was the focus of his vision as a vital part of public education. The Rio Grande Nature Center was one result,” said his father, Perry R. Wilkes.

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