Class of 1950
A powerful advocate for agriculture, Carl Faubion was born in Rosebud, N.M., to Carl Faubion Sr. and Lora Bailey Faubion in 1924. He attended schools in Tucumcari and served in the Army for three years in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1946.
Faubion worked a short time for Southern Pacific Railroad before taking advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolling at New Mexico State University. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in range management. He would later return to his alma mater to serve on the NMSU Board of Regents for 12 years. He was named the first president emeritus of the board.
While in college he met his wife, Joan Hoskins; they married in 1949. Two years later, the Faubions began farming in the Mesilla Valley. They eventually owned and operated a farm near Hill, N.M., a ranch in Sierra County and the Porter-Faubion fertilizer company.
Faubion was recognized many times over for his contributions to the industry. He was honored with the Farm Family of the Year award in 1980, received 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. Faubion was the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Alumnus in 2000.
His community service was extensive, having been on numerous agriculture and education related boards, commissions and committees. He served on the Federal Land Bank Board, the New Mexico Farm Bureau State Board and the Las Cruces School District Board, just to name a few.