Alumni Memorials


Solomon Marmor, July 28, 2010
Solomon Marmor, who served on the NMHU chemistry department faculty from 1962-66, died July 28, 2010 in Seattle at the age of 84.  He jointed the NMHU faculty as an associate professor of Chemistry in 1962. He served as head of the department form 1964-1966.

Phillip M. Ludi, August 22, 2010
Phillip M. Ludi, a third-generation Ludi and son of John and Cecilia Ludi of Las Vegas, passed away Aug. 22, 2010, in Albuquerque.

Ludi, 96, was the co-founder of West Las Vegas High School and former superintendent of the West Las Vegas and Belen school systems. He was also the first AARP housing director in New Mexico.

His grandfather, Jacob Luede, came to the United States from Switzerland in 1884.

Mr. Ludi had three children, Phillip Jr., Margaret (Margie) and Darwin.

He leaves behind his loving wife of two decades, Dale Carter Ludi, daughter Margie, son Darwin and his grandchildren and great grandchildren, most of whom are living in New Mexico, California and Nevada.

Phillip is preceded in death by his son, Phillip Jr., sister Annie Mares and his brothers, Johnny, Eddie, Luis, William Sr. and Eloy.

Mr. Ludi began his work career as a newspaper boy for the Las Vegas Optic and the Albuquerque Journal. He delivered newspapers until he graduated from high school.

With a bachelor of arts and a master of arts from New Mexico Highlands University, Phillip went on to employment as an elementary teacher, elementary principal and superintendent of the West Las Vegas school system.

He was elected San Miguel County representative for two years and served as majority whip for the House and chairman of the Education Committee.

He also served on the New Mexico Mounted Patrol and the San Miguel sheriff’s posse for many years.

Phillip Ludi’s long, rich life was spent serving the educational community and fellow seniors. His most recent recognition included receiving the Martin Luther King Award in 1992 and being inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame in 2006.

(From the Las Vegas Optic)

Marshall Plummer, Class of 1973. 1948 – March 25, 2010
Marshall Plummer, first elected vice president of the Navajo Nation, passed away March 25, 2010 in Phoenix at the age of 62. Plummer was the human resources director and tribal liaison for the Four Corners Power Plant.

Plummer forged a name for himself in various levels of government since earning his bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and social work at New Mexico Highlands University in 1973. Plummer, originally from Gallup, earned recognition in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities for his exemplary academic efforts. He later earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He was honored as an outstanding alumnus of NMHU in 1993.

In 1983, Plummer began an eight-year position on the Navajo Nation Council, the governing body for the second largest Native American tribe in the country. In 1989 he served as a McKinley County commissioner, also participating actively in the New Mexico Association of Counties. Plummer remained a commissioner until 1992, shortly after his election to the vice presidency of the Navajo Nation, which continued through 1995.