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Jean DiGregory
Jean DiGregory

In Tribute to Jean Ocelean Shinn DiGregory

January 8, 1927—December 1, 2007

Our words, delivered with love and in tribute, are merely a hint of the true depth of the soul of Jean DiGregory.

Her grandson Lucas described Jean as “creative, outgoing, and fearless.”

Lucas continued, “She is her own rebel; she is her own solution.”

In The Magic Journey, John Nichols wrote, “Each person leaves a legacy, and many people receive a piece, a single small portion of that legacy, to carry on the memory, the words and the deeds, to make richer each individual life and the collective life of humanity as a whole.”

Jean would most likely agree with the person who wrote, “The purpose of life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ‘Holy cow! What a ride!’”

From an American Indian poem:

“I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in flight.”

When asked, “How are you?” Jean would often say, “Today I’m just fine, but tomorrow I’ll be even better.”

A celebration of Jean’s life will take place in the Lizard Rodeo Lounge at the Range Café in Bernalillo on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All friends and loved ones are welcome.


In remembrance of UNM professor, scientist, and Placitas resident Terry Yates


Terry Yates devoted his incredible intellect and passion to saving and improving lives. As a researcher, he solved the mystery of the Hantavirus and helped protect New Mexico from further spread of the deadly plague. As a leader at UNM, he ensured that New Mexico students would have every opportunity to excel.

As we honor his life and contributions, my thoughts are with Terry’s wife Nancy, their sons, and all of their loved ones. He will be greatly missed by the university community and by all of us in New Mexico and nationwide who continue to benefit from his intellect and commitment to helping others.

[A memorial service to celebrate Terry’s life and work was held on December 14 in Popejoy Hall in the Center for the Arts on the UNM campus. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Terry Yates Endowment for Field Mammalogy at the University of New Mexico. Contributions may be sent to: The Yates Endowment, in care of the UNM Foundation, Inc., MSC07 4260, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001.]





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