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Retired New Mexico State University dean receives public service award

Thomas Gale, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University, was among 12 New Mexicans who received the 33rd Annual New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards at a ceremony in Albuquerque Friday, May 31.



Thomas Gale, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University, was among 12 New Mexicans to receive the 33rd Annual New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards May 31.

rds recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through years of public service, volunteering and special projects. This year's awards were chaired by Gov. Gary Johnson and Don Carson, vice president of Sandia National Laboratories.


Gale began his career at New Mexico State in 1971 as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He chaired the Las Cruces Education 2000 Task Force in 1991. In 1993 he organized and directed the Academy of Learning in Retirement in Southern New Mexico, an organization dedicated to providing non-credit programs for senior citizens in the region. He served on the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education from 1997-1999.

"Tom Gale has the ability to convey his vision of how things might be and to engage colleagues and citizens in the process of getting there," New Mexico State President Jay Gogue said. "Most certainly, he has improved the confidence that citizens have in those who dedicate their lives to government service and public universities."

Other award recipients were Jane Batson, with Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell; Robert Bayless, an independent oil operator from Farmington; Irv Hall, retired from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque; Jim Harlin of the Community Pantry in Gallup; Darlene Leonard of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque; Richard Melton of the Los Alamos County Police Department; Heather Pollard of Las Cruces Downtown; Nancy Robertson, a Raton-area historian and longtime volunteer; Rozier Sanchez, a retired District Court judge in Albuquerque; Robert Tacker of New Mexico Tech in Socorro; and Felicie Truscio, with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Albuquerque.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/gale_tom.jpg.
CUTLINE: Thomas Gale, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University, was among 12 New Mexicans to receive the 33rd Annual New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards May 31.

Erin Waldron
June 3, 2002