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NMSU to honor Carl Faubion and Rose Marie Valdes Pangborn as Aggie Legends

New Mexico State University will honor Carl Faubion and Rose Marie Valdes Pangborn as Aggie Legends at the fall 2013 commencement ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Pan American Center.


Aggie Legends is a tradition that pays tribute to alumni who have achieved great success in their lives and who supported the university in multiples ways. Aggie Legends, which began in 2012, are honored at each commencement ceremony.

"These two individuals are perfect examples of what it means to be a New Mexico State University Aggie," said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. "Carl Faubion was known around the state for his contributions to agriculture, while the important research done by Rose Pangborn shows that NMSU truly is all about discovery."

Faubion, a member of the Class of 1950, was a strong advocate for agriculture. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in range management. Faubion and his wife, Joan Hoskins, who met at NMSU, married in 1949, and the couple began farming in the Mesilla Valley in 1951. They went on to own and operate a farm near Hill, N.M., a ranch in Sierra County and the Porter-Faubion fertilizer company.

Faubion received many accolades for his contributions to the industry. In 1980, he received the Farm Family of the Year award. Faubion was honored with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture's "Top Hand" Award for Service to Agriculture in 1998 and the Livestock Bureau's "Distinguished Service to Agriculture" Award in 1992. He was named the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Alumnus in 2000.

For 12 years, Faubion was a member of the NMSU Board of Regents, and he was named the first president emeritus of the board.

A member of the Class of 1953, Pangborn was a pioneer in sensory analysis of food attributes. She earned a bachelor's degree from NMSU and a master's degree from Iowa State University. In 1955, Pangborn joined the Department of Food Technology at the University of California, Davis, and served with distinction for 35 years.

It was Pangborn's research that helped scientists understand and measure people's responses to the food they eat. She found "taste is a lot more complicated than the perception of light or sound," and it depends on multiple factors. She was honored with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) William V. Cruess Award in 1977 and was elected an IFT fellow three years later.

Pangborn published more than 180 scientific articles and co-authored three textbooks, including "Principles of Sensory Evaluation," a key text for a generation of sensory scientists.

Former Aggie Legends include Pecos Uvalde Finley, Fabian Garcia, Albert T. Gonzales, Paul W. Klipsch, Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez, Roy M. Nakayama, Era Rentfrow, Sara Elizabeth Stewart and Clara Belle Williams.