We mourn the loss of these members of the Academy community.
Barbara Kimberly Lilie ’93 died on March 14, 2019. Read the obituary here.
Michael (Mickey) Prokopiak, faculty member, on February 15, 2019. A performing arts faculty member since 1980, Mickey taught theater courses in every division and in every discipline, from acting to tech to playwriting and directing. He also coached speech and debate and JV softball and served on the diversity and admission committees. His true love was directing students in plays and musicals, along with guiding students in their directing debuts. Many of these thespians followed their passion into college and beyond. Read the obituary here.
Estevan Manuel Tafoya ’05 died on January 13, 2019. Read the obituary here.
Barbara Young Simms, school benefactor, died on October 27, 2018. Read the obituary here.
Michael T. Friggens ’82 died on October 13, 2018. Read the obituary here.
Lori Jordan Laflin ’94 died on May 30, 2018. Read the obituary here.
Timothy Varoz ’72 died on May 13. Read the obituary here.
Eric Mora ’95 died Feb. 7, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. Read the obituary here.
George Shaffer, former member of the Board of Trustees, died February 2, 2018. Read the obituary here.
Carlos Chavez ’93 died in January, 2018. Read the obituary here.
Daniel Hedges ’97 died December 23, 2017. Read the obituary here.
Richard “Trip” Sonntag ’85 died October 27, 2017. Read the obituary here.
Samantha Paulette Zamora Peterson ’89 died on October 8, 2017. Read the obituary here.
Luke A. Barnett ’77 died on July 23, 2017. Read the obituary here.
Grant Bauer ’81 died on April 28, 2017. Read the obituary here.
TJ McOlash ’88 died on March 8, 2017 after a brief illness. Read the obituary here.
Gene Gardenhire, faculty member from 1962-1997, died on January 8, 2017. Gene retired from the Academy in ’97 after 35 years of teaching math and coaching, serving as the math department chair and also as the head of what was called the Upper School, namely grades 9 through 12, and enjoying his role as the first senior member of the faculty. Read the obituary here.
Matthew Wharton ’85 died December 1, 2016 after a brief illness. Read the obituary here.
Ronald Vincent Cordova ’76 died on September 13. Read the obituary here.
James Blair (JB) Newsome ’88 died on Monday, February 29. Read the obituary here.
Bill Blueher ’69 died on Tuesday, March 29, in Telluride, CO. Read the obituary here.
Theresa Sagartz ’13 died March 9, 2016 at her off-campus home near Notre Dame. Read Notre Dame’s announcement here.
Kurt Cobbett ’78 died December 26, 2015 in St. Helena, CA. Read the obituary here.
Scott Theiler ’15 died Friday, December 25, 2015 in Albuquerque. Read the obituary here.
Garry Davis, faculty member from 1984 to 2006, died suddenly December 21, 2015. Read the obituary here.
Joe Waters ’91 died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 immediately after an accidental fall at his home in Seattle, WA. Read the obituary here.
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara ’84 died suddenly on June 27, 2015 after a brief illness, while visiting his daughter in Paris, France. Read obituary or read a tribute from Tufts University, where Christopher was a professor of history.
Charles “Chuck” Ryan Price ’02 passed away on January 6, 2014. Read obituary
On December 16, 2013, John Doherty ’72 passed on in Albuquerque.
Ruth Rand, faculty member from 1991 to 2006, passed away on September 2, 2013 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.
Former faculty member Bob McCannon died unexpectedly on August 23, 2013. Joining the Academy in 1975, Bob made a powerful impression on all of the students he taught in the classroom and coached in athletics. In 1993, Bob extended his impact around the country as the executive director of the New Mexico Media Literacy Project (now renamed the Media Literacy Project). In the words of Andrea Quijada, current executive director of the Media Literacy Project, “Bob touched thousands of lives in his role as executive director at MLP, and his legacy lives on in our current media literacy workshops today.”
On June 28, 2013, Sean Hopkins, past Academy tennis coach and non-profit leader, suffered a fatal heart attack.
Austin Hudson-Lapore ’10 drowned during a violent storm on June 12, 2013. “The world has lost a great mind and a great spirit with Austin’s passing,” said Albuquerque Academy Head of School Andrew Watson.
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