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Endowed scholarship established at NMSU for journalism students

A profound sense of Aggie pride for one New Mexico State University alumnus has been transformed into a new endowment for the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Head and shoulders photo of Dan Perry in a tuxedo.
The Daniel R. Perry Endowed Scholarship to support journalism students has been created at New Mexico State University in memory of Dan Perry. (Courtesy Photo)

The Daniel R. Perry Endowment Scholarship was created by Perry's wife, Irene, with a $15,000 gift after Dan's death in March. The endowment will be available each year, beginning in 2014, to a deserving journalism student pursuing the news editorial emphasis at NMSU.

Dan Perry was born in Ft. Sumner, N.M., in July 1939. He attended NMSU and was one of the two journalism graduates in May 1962. Perry was a lifelong Aggie fan, and during his university career, he was a staff member for the student newspaper The Round Up, a stringer for The El Paso Times under the tutelage of El Paso Times writer Buckner Lanier, and a staff member of the university's yearbook.

At graduation, Perry received his commission in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam, the Pentagon, and many other duty stations, retiring at the rank of Colonel. The Perry's established home base in San Antonio, where Dan was the chair of the Alamo Chapter of the Aggie Alumni Association and devoted to the sports history of his Aggies. After retiring from the military, Perry earned a master's in counseling and was a marriage counselor for many years. Perry also earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1972. In 2011, the NMSU Alumni Association selected Perry for the James F. Cole Award that is reserved for especially deserving alumni.

At Dan's death, Irene Perry said she wanted to find the best way to memorialize her husband of 50 years. The endowment became that memorial.

Kristina Martinez, regional advancement officer in the NMSU Albuquerque Center, said, "I'm delighted to be able to help Irene create an endowment that will forever pay tribute to Dan and benefit the Journalism and Mass Communications Department at NMSU in perpetuity."

Martinez worked with Irene and with Dan's close friend and fellow alumnus Charlie Rogers to create a fund that will award scholarships to serious journalism students following the path that Dan Perry trod during his college career and later in his life as well.

To contribute to the endowment, visit foundation.nmsu.edu.