Lenton Malry will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

Lenton MalryAlbuquerque Press Women (now renamed Albuquerque Press Women and Friends) will present well-known local civic leader Lenton Malry, who has a new autobiography published by UNM Press, titled “Let’s Roll This Train.”  Malry will be speaker for the regular montly meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Claim Jumper Restaurant at Jefferson east of I-25.

Malry served as New Mexico’s first African-American state representative from 1968 to 1978 and Bernalillo County’s first African-American Commissioner – serving as commission chairman in 1983-1984 and 1987-1988.  He was also the first African American to earn a PhD in education from the University of New Mexico.

Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.

He taught in Albuquerque Public Schools and was Albuquerque’s first African-American principal; he retired from APS in 1987.

Malry has served our community on a number of boards and commissions including, as a past-president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and on the boards of the United Way, the UNM Cancer Center, Heights Psychiatric Hospital and the Albuquerque Air Quality Board.

Malry has been married to his wife Joy for 56 years and they have a son Lenton Jr.

At this luncheon, guests order directly from a menu and pay the restaurant.  There is a $5 fee for nonmembers of APW&F.

Loretta Hall named 2016 NFPW National Communicator of Achievement

Loretta Hall, National Communicator of Achievement, National Federation of Press Women

Loretta Hall, 2016 Communicator of Achievement, National Federation of Press Women

Loretta Hall president of New Mexico Press Women and member of the Steering Committee of Albuquerque Press Women, is the 2016 Communicator of Achievement Award recipient from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). She received the award during the organization’s annual conference, held this year in Wichita, Kansas.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.

The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field. The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, as well as service to NFPW and to the community.

Hall is a prolific freelance writer and author of seven nonfiction books.   She writes for many technical publications in the engineering and construction fields. A former high school mathematics teacher, she enjoys explaining technical subjects to nontechnical people.

She teaches short courses for writers and speaks to diverse audiences about the topics of her architecture and space history books.

Her 2011 book, “Out of This World: New Mexico’s Contribution to Space Travel,” won first place (nonfiction book, general) in the New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest.  Her 2014 book, “Space Pioneers in Their Own Words,” was named Best Book in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.  Her latest book, “The Complete Space Buff’s Bucket List,” was released in January 2016.

This spring, she was named one of the top 10 speakers in the National Space Society’s Space Ambassadors program.

Barbara Awalt of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books says, “Loretta is a great example of women in science and math for the younger generation.  It is an example that we need more of in every state.”

Hall is also a member of SouthWest Writers, and the Historical Society of New Mexico’s speakers bureau. Her community service includes speaking about writing as a profession at schools; serving in her church; judging science and engineering fairs; and coaching volleyball and soccer teams.

Albuquerque Press Women Loses Treasured Member

Doug and Jane Swift Courtesy Albuquerque Community Foundation

Doug and Jane Swift
Courtesy Albuquerque Community Foundation

Doug Swift, the long time treasurer for Albuquerque Press Women has left us. He served as treasurer until last June, working tirelessly to keep our records in order, preparing name tags for meetings and keeping track of our roster of members. We will miss him and his enthusiasm as he rewarded members attending meetings with surprise gifts. Doug was a technical writer who worked for CNM for decades. The photograph on the left is from the Albuquerque Community Foundation where Doug and Jane were founding members. The Board of Albuquerque Press Women chose speakers for the meetings and Doug was an astute contributor of ideas for speakers that would attract new members and keep the current members interested. He was active and involved always.

Doug Swift was 90.  He is survived by his wife Jane and his children Sharon Leslie of Durham, N.C., Susan and Rob Ertmer of Greeley, Co., David and Nichol Swift and Clyde Burke of Garner N.C. and Melanie and Grant Swezy of Midland, Texas. We will miss him.