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G.X. McSherry to be honored at commencement

G.X. McSherry, a former New Mexico legislator and a leader in the agricultural community, will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13.



G.X. McSherry, a former New Mexico legislator and a leader in the agricultural community, will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13. (Courtesy photo)


McSherry is being honored for his inspirational example as a successful entrepreneur, for his service as a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives and for his leadership and expertise in water rights and usage in New Mexico.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pan American Center. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Tickets are not required. More than 1,400 students are candidates for degrees.

McSherry is president of McSherry Inc., a ranching and farming operation in Deming. He served eight terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1982 to 1998 representing District 32 in Luna County and part of Dona Ana County.

As a legislator, McSherry served on a number of committees, including the Education Committee, the Voters and Elections Committee, the Legislative Oversight Committee of the Industrial and Agricultural Finance Authority, the Agricultural Food Policy and Nutrition Committee and the Interstate and Grain Commission Steering Committee.

He was also a member of the Agriculture and Water Committee, including six terms as chairman. In 2001, then-Gov. Gary Johnson appointed McSherry to the state's Water Trust Board, as a representative of acequia water users. He also was named to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Water. He is considered an expert on the history of water rights and usage in New Mexico.

While a member of the Legislature, he was instrumental in bringing funding to his district for the development of the Spring Canyon, Rock Hound and Pancho Villa state parks, the Deming Museum, the Deming Civic Center, the Deming Senior Citizen Center and the New Mexico State Police facilities in Deming, as well as a number of highway improvement projects. He also was instrumental in securing funds for New Mexico State's Skeen Hall.

In 1991, McSherry received the Philip J. Leyendecker Agriculturalist of Distinction Award from NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

McSherry is an honorary board member of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and serves on the board of advisors for the Wells Fargo Bank in Deming.

McSherry was born in 1924 in Dwyer, N.M., a small community in southwest New Mexico that no longer exists. He is married to Clara Jo "Jody" McSherry. Four of their seven children have graduated from New Mexico State and currently their granddaughter, Erin McSherry, serves as the student body president.

McSherry often says that he and Jody spent their lives "raising the three Cs - cotton, cattle and children." The McSherrys currently raise cattle and grow chile, cotton and corn on their ranch and farm in Luna County.