Campus News - October 1, 2001

In Memoriam

Richard Tomasson

UNM sociology professor emeritus Richard Tomasson, 73, died of leukemia Sept. 6, at Lovelace Medical Center.

Tomasson was appointed chair of the sociology department in 1967 where he served six of his 20 years at UNM. The author of two books, he founded the state chapter of the National Association of Scholars.

Tomasson occasionally criticized UNM, challenging the University’s administration to better its ranking among American universities.

UNM President William C. Gordon said Tomasson was “a voice that challenged us to think, and those voices are few and far between. We will miss that voice.”

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