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SACKS -- Benjamin Sacks, son of Morris and Dora Sacks, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 6, 1903. After high school, Benjamin attended the University of Pennsylvania for one year, transferred to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and headed west to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he received his Bachelor of Arts. He obtained his Master of Arts from McGill University in Canada in 1928 and a Ph.D degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Sacks served on the faculty of the University of New Mexico for three decades save for three years of service as a First Lieutentant in the United States Air Corps. He retired from the University of New Mexico as Professor Emeritus in 1963. In 1963 Benjamin was invited to join the faculty of Arizona State University in obtaining accreditation of a PH.D. program and that goal was achieved when he retired from Arizona State University as Professor Emeritus in 1973. He was a highly skilled athlete in both collegiate basketball and tennis. He was also a multi-sport coach. Benjamin was the point guard for the Lobos and was coached by Roy Johnson. His team from 1924-l926 lost only one conference game during that two year span. He was twice selected to the All-Far Southwest Conference Basketball Team as a first team guard. He became a legend as New Mexico's greatest handball player of the first half of the 20th century. From 1928-1960 Dr. Sacks dominated the sport in New Mexico and retired undefeated. Dr. Sacks was inducted into the University of New Mexico Hall of Honor in 1989. In his 80th year, in order to maintain his dexterity and social enjoyment he became an Intermediate level ballroom dancer. In his 100th year he was honored at Stanford University for his meticulous research in the are of British History. Some of his publications include: J Ramsay McDonald in Thought and Action (1952) The Religious Issue in the State Schools of England and Wales 1902-1914 (1961) South Africa: Imperial Dilemma 1902-1914 (1967) Peace Plans of the 17th and 18th Centuries (1963) J Ramsay MacDonald, the Monarchy and Republicanism (1953) Carson Mansion and Ingomar Theatre (1979 Articles published include: "The Duchess of Windsor and the Coronado Legend", Journal of San Diego History, Fall Part 1, Winter 1988, Part II. "Jefferson Davis: A Daughter's Vigil", Journal of Mississippi History, November 1989 "Varina Howell Davis: A Wife's Vigil", Journal of Mississippi History, May 1994 Hotel del Coronado: The Edison Legend", Southern California Quarterly, Summer 1993. "Charles Fletcher Loomis at Hotel del Coronado", The Spring Festival 1984, Southern California Quarterly, October 1996 "L Frank Baum: the Oz Man at the Hotel del Coronado", Southern California Quarterly, Fall 1998. "Jules Vernes: A Hotel del Coronado Vignette", Southern Calfironia Quarterly, Fall 2002. Dr. Sacks retired to San Diego in 1974 where he continued his love of the performing arts and classical music. He was a patron member of the San Diego Opera Series. As a professor of European History at UNM, his lecture of Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" became a very sought after seat in the lecture halls and most often left many non history students standing in the aisles in order to hear this extraordinary presentation. He is survived by daughter, Elizabeth Hamilton Reitz (Matthew) of Chicago Illinois; son, Allan Sacks (Lynne) of La Quinta, California; and stepdaughter, Mary Fox of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Grandchildren, Nea (Mark) Brady of Murietta, California, Gregg (Julie) Sacks of Rancho Cucamonga, California, Krista (Randall) Wight of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and Cody Reitz of Chicago, Illinois. Great-grandchildren, Teddy, Brittnee, Alec, Zachary, Kai, and Keegan. He is to be interned at Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, California. At Dr. Sacks request there will be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the scholarship fund honoring Dr. Sacks and supporting undergraduate students who study British, European, or African history. Please view UNM Foundation Web site at www.unm.edu/foundation to make an online donation: or make a check payable to the UNM College of Arts and Sciences. Please write Benjamin Sacks Fund in the memo line and send to UNM Foundation Inc. MSC07/4260, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. 87131-0001.
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SANCHEZ -- Aurora Gallegos Sanchez, passed away on December 21, 2007. Aurora was born on May 9, 1931, and was given a stunning name meaning the dawn of the new day. Aurora was and is a divine gift to her five children; Steve, James, Anita, Eric, and Ritchie. She is also survived by her beloved grandson, Stephen and sister, Mary Lucero. Aurora became a school teacher who naturally brought out the utmost potential in all those she encountered. The true loves of her life were her children. Motherhood enabled her to reach her highest level of significance and joy. We as a family are eternally grateful to Aurora for experiencing the pleasure of her company and unconditional love. We love you Mom! In lieu of flowers send donations directly to Anita Sanchez, Aurora's loving daughter at 6408 Rancho Ladera N.E. 87113. A Rosary / Memorial Service will be held on Monday December 24, 2007 at 10:00 A.M., in the chapel of the Daniels Family Funeral Services facility, located at 7601 Wyoming Blvd N.E. 87109. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87103 (505) 821-0010 www.danielsfuneral.com
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SANDOVAL -- Eduardo Antonio Sandoval "Happy Birthday Nanie" Dad it has been 2 months since you went home with our Lord. Thank you Dad for giving me the confidence to believe in my self, the faith to trust in my instincts, you have given me a strong sense of who I am, and an open heart to welcome who I'll become. "Becky" Happy Birthday Dad we love you and miss you Becky, Jerry, Rose, Roland Heather, Sam, Joshua, Brandi and Rebecca
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SWERTLOW -- Mary Swertlow, 94, long-time resident of New York City, lived in Albuquerque for 25 years, died Thursday, Dec. 20,2007. Survived by her two children -- Kathryn Lowell of Albuquerque and Frank Swertlow of Los Angeles, CA. -- and four grandchildren Nicholas and Megan Swertlow of Los Angeles and Tamara Strauss of Burlington, VT and Alexandra Bunting of San Antonio, TX. Services will be private. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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THORNTON -- Howard Wayne Thornton, age 60, of Albuquerque died Wednesday, December 19, 2007, after a 12-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Betty Thornton of Albuquerque; by his daughter and son-in-law, Jill Elizabeth Corbeille and Wayne Corbeille of Las Vegas, NV; by his two brothers, Donnie Earnest of Sacramento, CA, and Richard Earnest of Butner, NC; and by his sister, Fran Earnest Bratton of Sacramento, CA. Wayne was born in Wewoka, OK, and graduated from Lovington High School, Lovington, NM, in 1965. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam era aboard a nuclear fast-attack submarine, and was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. After the Navy Wayne attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, and graduated with a Bachelor of Forestry degree in 1974. He then attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, on a fellowship and received a Master's of Science in Forestry in 1975. His career with the US Forest Service spanned over a 34-year period. Wayne's various jobs included: Wildland Firefighter Crew Foreman; Helicopter-Attack Foreman; Recreation & Lands Staff; Silviculturist; District Ranger, National Wilderness Legislation Coordinator; Legislative Fellow to Senator Pete V. Domenici; Forest Supervisor; and Regional Director of Lands & Minerals for New Mexico and Arizona. He worked on the Siuslaw NF in OR; the Coconino NF in AZ; the Cibola NF in NM; Washington, DC; the Plumas NF in CA; and the Regional Office in Albuquerque. While with the U.S. Forest Service he earned another Master's Degree in 1981 in Natural Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Wayne loved his work with the Forest Service, and was particularly proud of his special one-year Forest Service assignment with Senator Pete Domenici; his participation as Forest Service team leader to acquire the Baca Ranch Land and cooperation with Congress to manage the Valles Caldera National Preserve - the unique volcanic caldera in Northern New Mexico; and serving as lead field negotiator for the Forest Service for settlements of land claims by the Pueblo of Sandia and the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. Wayne devotedly practiced his faith and always lived his life to the fullest - an active church member teaching Bible study to adults and children, serving as a Deacon, and participating in many other church-related activities. He was an avid mountain bike and road bike racer; loved to kayak, fish, hike and camp; and kept up with his rock climbing at the Stone Age Climbing Gym until the last few months of his life. He is also the author and illustrator of a published children's folktale entitled, "A Cat Named Fish and a Fish Named Cat." A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 28, 2007, 10:00 a.m. at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Dr., NE. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation, 4901 Lang Ave., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. The NMCC Foundation, a non-profit Organization, supports New Mexico cancer patients who need financial assistance during their battle against cancer. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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VILLANUEVA -- MARIA ELENA---The family of Maria Elena Villanueva would like to thank all of their relatives and friends for the kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; to Deacon Pablo Le Febre for reciting the Rosary, presiding at the Communion Service and the Graveside Blessing; and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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WALKER -- Priscilla L. Walker, age 74, a life long resident of Los Lunas and recently of Albuquerque, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2007. She is survived by her loving daughters, Patricia Walker and Brenda Garcia Lesperance of Albuquerque; her siblings, Santos Gonzales of Los Lunas, Clorinda Perea and husband, Benny of Barstow, California, and Clorinda, Garcia of Albuquerque; and many nieces, nephews and close friends who loved her and will miss her greatly. Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents, Adolfo and Sebastiana Garcia; her siblings, Ruben Garcia, Louisa and husband, Salmon Castillo, and sister-in-law, Nires Gonzales. Services were held on Saturday, December 22, 2007 also at French Mortuary Westside Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Cancer Center, 4901 Lang NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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WHITTINGHILL -- Holly S. Whittinghill, 55, died suddenly at home December 15, 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Jordan; her father, Robert; sisters, Judy and Georgie; brother, Greg; niece, Kim; nephews, Chris, Josh and Randell; and numerous other family and friends. Her greatest joy was her daughter and family; her friendship and contagious laughter will be sincerely missed by all who knew her. Memorial Services will be announced in January. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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WILKIE -- James B. Wilkie, a resident of Acantilado Vista in Rio Rancho, passed away on December 17, 2007. He was born on August 11, 1916 to Frank and Agnes Wilkie in Buffalo, NY. He attended Bennett High School and a year of college before joining the United States Army during WWII. After an honorable discharge he ran the family business of retail men's clothing. He subsequently went into sales and retired from National Fuel Gas of western NY in 1984. Jim was a great fan of golf and football and it was his lifelong desire to see the Buffalo Bills win a Superbowl. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Jean Wilkie. They moved from Buffalo to Taylor Ranch in 1993. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, William and Pamela Wilkie of East Highland CA and step-children, Donald Dentler of Albuquerque and Patricia Dentler of Los Alamos. No memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Pacific/Mountain Affiliate, 1280 S. Parker Road, Denver, CO 80231or the Veterans' of Foreign Wars NM, 217 San Pablo St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Arrangements entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 892-9920
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WILSON -- Herbert Eugene Wilson, age 51, of Albuquerque, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, December 18, 2007. He attended high school at Franklin High School in Riverside, CA, and moved to Las Cruces where he resided 23 years before moving to Albuquerque. His hobbies included working on all types of cars, fishing, hunting, cooking and gardening. Herb was a friend to anyone he met. He was known by his family as the "Gentle Giant", a big man, with an even bigger heart. Herb is survived by his wife Frances Amezquita Wilson; brothers, Marshall Jauregui and wife, Lois, Ruben Jauregui and wife, Cindy, Albert Wilson and wife, Becky; step-children, Liz Arnold and husband, Brian, and Bill Bailey and fiance, Tara Brockman; grandchildren, Joel and wife, Trisha, Christopher, Michael, Jr., Tyler, Michael Ray, Adrianna, Sydney, Peyton; great-granddaughter, Jenna Marie. A funeral service will be held Sunday, December 23, at 6:00 p.m., at Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church, 5331 Montano NW. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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