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Artwork Donated in Memory of NMSU Professor

LAS CRUCES -- An original watercolor was given recently to New Mexico State University's animal and range sciences department in memory of John Knox, who served as head of the department for 29 years. Knox' daughter, Irene Willey, presented the painting, entitled Camp Well, to the faculty.


The actual Camp Well site depicted in the painting is located on NMSU's Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center, a ranch given to the university in 1927 through an act of Congress. A windmill shown in the picture has been moved to the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum on the NMSU campus.

"Many of our faculty and former students have fond memories of the site and professor Knox, and we are very pleased to have this painting," said Bobby Rankin, department head. The painting will hang in Knox Hall, Room 201, a large conference area in the building named in Knox's honor.

Prior to his retirement in 1964, Knox was recognized for many accomplishments: Cattleman of the Year, New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association; Animal Production Teaching Award, American Society of Animal Production; Distinguished Service Award, NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences ; and the Robert Westhafer Award for outstanding research by a facutly member, NMSU.

Knox died Feb. 15, 1979. He was survived by his wife, Frances, and two daughters, Carolyn and Irene.