Farewell to “Red Ron”
Ronald Everet Smith (“Red Ron”)—son, father, brother, friend, artist, gentle, kind, funny, loving man, has asked me [his son] to announce that he will soon be leaving the planet. He left his body at approximately 11:25 a.m. on Friday, June 10, and for the next forty-nine days (our time) will be flying around making amends and saying goodbyes. Which means for those of us still here, we have until somewhere around July 29 to pay our respects, say our thank-yous for all of the ways that he made the world a better place, send our love and good wishes, make any grievances known, and let him go off onto his next assignment or adventure, if there are such things.
Former BPS superintendent mourned by community
Former Bernalillo Public School District superintendent Dr. Gary Dwyer died on June 11 at age sixty. Dwyer went on medical leave last August to seek treatment for brain cancer. He resigned his position on February 10.
At the time of his resignation, school board member Jack Torres stated, “It is a very sad day for all of us at Bernalillo Public Schools to accept the retirement of Gary Dwyer. Dr. Dwyer joined us nine years ago, and though we welcomed him with open arms, we had no idea how blessed we were to have him join BPS. Dr. Dwyer had a very strong impact on BPS, hundreds of students, staff, and community members. His biggest strengths were perhaps to truly listen to others and his overwhelming desire to serve and improve the education of our children.”
The new BPS superintendent, Barbara Vigil-Lowder, said, “Announcing Dr. Dwyer’s retirement is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to face. There is a void in the district without him. I’ve never seen anybody so focused and driven by what was good for the students. He saw a richness in the community and wanted to bring about programs that would move the students in a positive direction. All of us who worked closely with him know his vision and goals for the district and will work hard to continue what he started.”
Dwyer’s wife, Elizabeth, said, “Gary always said that his mission in life was to give children as many opportunities as possible. He was very much loved by his family and the the support offered by the community and our church was beautiful.”
Dr. Dwyer is also survived by his sons, Adam and Jason, as well as grandchildren, brothers, and sisters.
In his resignation letter, Dwyer wrote, “Never forget that the talents of every one of our students must be nurtured to the fullest as every one of these is much needed in our complex world.”
The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Dr. Gary Dwyer Fund, which is part of the Bernalillo Public Schools Foundation, 224 N. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004.
Charity collection for abused women—household items requested
The Crossroads is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. It was organized by Elizabeth Simpson, a Harvard Law grad who, in the course of her law practice, saw many repeat female offenders going in and out of jail. She found that many were often victims of abuse and sentenced for the crimes of their abusers like prostitution and drug transporting. Many had no life skills to make it in the world—often being handed their children upon release while they had no home, job or money. The only choice they had was to return to their old way of life. There were post-release “rehab” programs in New Mexico for men but not for women.
Ms. Simpson quit her lucrative law practice and has dedicated herself to the cause of helping these women transition from jail (or homelessness) into an apartment providing not only the housing but also life skills training, jobs and daycare. Her charity is supported by the United Way, Junior League of ABQ and others but she needs help. She must furnish and entirely equip six new apartments by the first of July 1, 2005.
Needed are beds and bedding (especially singles), furniture, couches, chairs, dinettes, tables, linens, pot and pans, kitchen gadgets and appliances, quality children's toys, and anything else to furnish an apartment.
To arrange for a pick up or a drop off location, call or email Sloan Carr at 891-2277 or SloanCPA@Juno.com.