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Honoring a Great Teacher - Professor Dick Dove Fellowship

Professor Dick Dove

***PLEASE NOTE: Thanks to an anonymous donor, all gifts received prior to October 15, 2014 are eligible to be matched- up to a total of $11,000, worth $22,000 if fully matched.

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


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