NMSU branding

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

News Center




Celebration of Life planned in remembrance of former NMSU dean

The College of Arts and Sciences along with the University Foundation and Central Administration are sponsoring a Celebration of Life for the late Tom Gale, a former dean at New Mexico State University, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Atkinson Recital Hall inside the NMSU Music Center.



A celebration will be held to commemorate the life of the late Tom Gale, a former dean for the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences. The celebration will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Atkinson Recital Hall inside the NMSU Music Center. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Emeritus Professor Ray Sadler and Professor Mark Medoff will be among the speakers honoring Gale at the ceremony. The event will include music by La Catrina String Quartet, NMSU marimba band and a choral group under the direction of Professor Jerry Ann Alt. A slide show will conclude the event, followed by a reception.

"Dean Gale is a great example of both a scholar and academic leader," said College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Greg Fant. "He truly cared for the campus, community, students and people of New Mexico. He dedicated so much of his time to education in this community, it seems only fitting that we take the time to celebrate his life."

Gale began his career at New Mexico State University in 1971 as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During his tenure he established the Center for Latin American Studies. After retirement from the university in 1991, Gale still dedicated himself to education working with the College of Education to improve the level of teacher education in New Mexico, serving on the state Commission on Higher Education, creating the Academy for Learning in Retirement, serving on the NMSU Foundation board of directors and several other university and community boards.

Together with his wife Mary, Gale supported many campus programs and established the Thomas M. Gale endowed fund for excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Gale passed away in June at the age of 84.

Those who would like to attend the celebration can RSVP by calling 575-646-1105 or sending an email to rsvp@nmsu.edu.