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Retired NMSU Executive Vice President Don Roush dies

Donald C. Roush, 78, of Las Cruces, N.M., died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at the Village at Northrise.


The retired executive vice president of New Mexico State University was born Aug. 28, 1922, in Valley Junction, Iowa, the son of Jesse and Verbel Roush. After graduating from Valley High School in West Des Moines, he went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1950 and a master's in elementary education in 1951, both degrees from Drake University. His doctorate in education was earned in 1953 from the University of Northern Colorado.

Roush's 40-year career in education began in 1950 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he was an elementary, junior high and senior high school teacher as well as high school principal. In 1955, he became director of field services for the New Mexico Education Association. In 1959, he joined the faculty of NMSU and became dean of the College of Education. He retained this position until 1968, when he was appointed academic vice president, with the title changing to Executive Vice President in 1979.

He has been president as well as an examiner and consultant of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. He published extensively and was called on frequently as a consultant. During his 17 years as NMSU's chief academic officer, he annually offered a popular seminar on teaching for faculty. He also was invited to deliver the seminar in several Central American countries.

NMSU's reputation for quality teaching derived in large part from his dedication to teaching excellence. In 1984, the year before his retirement from NMSU, the Academic Deans Council recognized his contributions by creating the Donald C. Roush Awards for Teaching Excellence.

He is survived by his wife Esther of Las Cruces; son Jeffry and daughter-in-law Judith Roush of Las Cruces, son David and daughter-in-law Christy Roush of Seattle, Wash.; sisters Ruth Hughes and Doris Friar of Des Moines, Iowa; brother Jesse Roush and sister-in-law Helen of Clive, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; one grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Graham's Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the familiy requests that donations be made to the Donald C. Roush Scholarship Fund or Mesilla Valley Hospice.

Nena Singleton
Oct. 23, 2000