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Northrop Endowments Celebrate UNM Staff and Faculty Members

December 11, 2012 / Story by Wendy Antonio

d-northropA beau­ti­ful vista of tree­tops, col­or­ful skies and sounds of birds form the back­drop of the video David Northrop’s col­leagues cre­ated to memo­ri­al­ize him. Friends, co-workers and stu­dents Northrop knew as asso­ciate direc­tor for Infor­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies at UNM describe him as an exu­ber­ant, tech­ni­cally savvy and man­age­ri­ally skilled individual.

In 2008, UNM IT staff cre­ated the David J. Northrop Endowed Intern­ship. In line with Northrop’s phi­los­o­phy of work and life, the pro­gram will, in a prac­ti­cal way, men­tor stu­dents and bridge the gap between for­mal edu­ca­tion and indus­try expec­ta­tions. Northrop’s friends and cowork­ers endeavor to grow the fund to $100,000.

More than 50 endow­ments are cre­ated on aver­age at UNM each year, with a wide vari­ety of pur­poses. Many are cre­ated to insure that the peo­ple who work, teach and inspire oth­ers at the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico are remembered.

Tim­o­thy Moy was an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of his­tory at UNM who spe­cial­ized in 20th-century sci­ence and cul­ture. A superb instruc­tor, he was noted for his skill com­bined with avid curios­ity, an extra­or­di­nar­ily even tem­pera­ment and a superb sense of humor.  The endow­ment estab­lished in his honor in 2009 sup­ports his­tory depart­ment grad­u­ate teach­ing assis­tants within the Col­lege of Arts and Sciences.

Another endow­ment hon­ors a “mag­netic per­son who inspired all who knew her”: The Deb­o­rah K. LaPointe Orga­ni­za­tional Learn­ing and Instruc­tional Tech­nol­ogy (OLIT) Endowed Schol­ar­ship Fund. LaPointe earned a Ph.D. at UNM and was an assis­tant pro­fes­sor and assis­tant direc­tor of Edu­ca­tion Devel­op­ment at UNM’s Health Sci­ence Library, and held a sec­ondary appoint­ment as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the OLIT Pro­gram. The 2009 endow­ment estab­lished in her name pro­vides schol­ar­ships for OLIT students.

Hun­dreds of sim­i­lar endow­ments allow the per­son­al­i­ties, philoso­phies and legacy of val­ued col­leagues, teach­ers, men­tors and friends to live on at UNM.

To learn more about the David J. Northrop Memo­r­ial Intern­ship Pro­gram or give online, visit To donate to any fund at UNM through United Way, name the fund in your online or print­able pledge form.