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Kathleen Nova Kelly Titland

Class of 1941 Native New Mexican Kathleen Nova Kelly Titland was a pioneer, heroine and role model. As part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), Titland was one of the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. Born in Duran, N.M., and raised in Tucumcari, N.M., she graduated from New Mexico…
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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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Rose Marie Valdes Pangborn

Class of 1953   A pioneer in sensory analysis of food attributes, Rose Marie Valdes Pangborn was a native New Mexican born in 1932. She earned a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree from Iowa State University. She joined the Department of Food Technology at the University of California, Davis,…
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