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Mechanical Engineering Professor Richard Dove was well-known for his
leadership in the School of Engineering, but he was also highly regarded for
his teaching roles in the classroom and in the laboratory, always putting the
education of his students first.
Dove died in 2011. To honor his legacy, the former students and faculty
colleagues of Dove are establishing an endowed graduate fellowship in his
name. Jack Little, a 1958 ME graduate from Farmington, New Mexico, is
leading the effort.
“Honoring a great teacher is a very worthwhile cause,” Little said.
Dove was a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from
1952 to 1975, serving as department chair 1964-68 and then as dean of
the School of Engineering from 1968-1974. Dove focused his research on
experimental stress analysis. In addition to directing numerous research
projects, he was director of the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Research
Little took several classes with Dove, and he remembers him and the impact
he made on his life through the years. To initiate the establishment of a
graduate fellowship in Dove’s name, Little made an initial gift, and he has
been working with other members of his class to fully endow the fund with
at least $25,000.
The UNM Foundation is assisting him in this endeavor by reaching out
to Dove’s former colleagues in Mechanical Engineering, Sandia National
Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as his former
Every year in March, the School of Engineering celebrates the establishment
of new memorial endowments at an evening reception. Each individual
who is memorialized is remembered through a biography presented by the
department chair. It is our goal to fully endow the Dove Fellowship and
celebrate this accomplishment on March 6, 2015.
To help make this dream a reality, please send your check made out to the
UNM Foundation, with fund #610195 on the memo line, to:
The UNM Foundation
700 Lomas Blvd. NE
#2 Woodward Ctr.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
To donate online, visit
The Computer Science Founders Fund was established in January 2014 to honor Stoughton Bell, Ed Gilbert, and Don Morrison. A group of former and current faculty, as well as formers students, came together to start the fund because there three men had such a large influence on their work in computer science and their experience at The University of New Mexico.
This CS Founders Fund has been established to award a full time instructor who makes a difference in the lives of undergraduate students in computer science. Voted on by graduating seniors, the recipient will receive the award for three consecutive years.
Stoughton Bell, Ed Gilbert, and Don Morrison laid the foundations for a computer Science Department at The University of New Mexico by establishing a master’s degree program in the Mathematics Department in the late 1960s. The three had come to the University from Sandia National Laboratories. The degree program grew into a separate department, at first unaffiliated with any college, ultimately finding its place in the School of Engineering.
Don Morrison served as the Computer Science Department’s first chairman. Don had an exceptionally wide range of mathematical interests and was an early contributor to the emerging field of Computer Science. He led both the research and academic development of the new department.
Ed Gilbert was a visionary in computer science education. It was because of Ed that The University of New Mexico’s programming courses were ahead of most comparable institutions in the nation in the approach to the subject.
Sto Bell was director of the university’s computer services at the time when a central mainframe computer served the entire campus. Sto saw to it that student interests were well represented in the allocation of these resources. He also led the university into the early adoption of interactive time-shared computing.
Sto, Ed, and Don founded the Computer Science Department at The University of New Mexico and served as models of professors devoted to the education of New Mexico students who will contribute to the world of computing in many ways and in the many years to come.
To donate online please visit: https://www.unmfund.org/fund/computer-science-founders-fund/
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