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Clara Belle Williams

Class of 1937, 1980 Clara Belle Drisdale was born in Plum, Texas, in 1885. She was valedictorian of the 1908 graduating class of Prairie View Normal and Independent College (now Prairie View A & M University). She married Jasper Williams in 1917; the couple raised three sons: Jasper, James and Charles. Clara enrolled at the…
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Sarah Elizabeth Stewart

Class of 1927, 1961 A pioneer in the field of viral oncology, Sarah Elizabeth Stewart was born in Mexico in the early 1900s. Her father, a mining engineer, relocated to the U.S. and Stewart attended schools in Oregon before enrolling at New Mexico State University. Stewart graduated in 1927 with bachelor’s degrees in science and…
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Era Rentfrow

Class of 1919 If you ever have the opportunity to look through the 1940 edition of Swastika, the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NMSU) yearbook, you will come across the following caption beneath a photo of NM A&M’s registrar, Era Rentfrow: One of the most efficient members of the College staff is…
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Roy M. Nakayama

Class of 1948 Roy Minoru Nakayama was born on Sept. 11, 1923, to John K. and Tome Nakayama, who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan. John and Tome began their family in Nebraska where John worked on a farm. After he sustained an injury, the Nakayamas decided to relocate to a warmer climate and headed…
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Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez

Class of 1954, 1987 A native New Mexican, Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez attended New Mexico State University’s Air Force ROTC program and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1954. He received his master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University, was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and…
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