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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Sugerman Life to be Honored at Southwest Regional Spaceport

Southern New Mexico and the nation have lost a significant space leader with the passing of Leonard R. Sugerman, 86, in Las Cruces Friday. No single other person symbolized progress, leadership, and dedication to the Southwest Regional Spaceport.

The retired Air Force Col. was tireless in the promtion of Southern New Mexico through steadfast support for the New Mexico Space Grant while focused on programs to prepare youth for high-tech careers and to create high-tech jobs. Sugerman co-founded the High TechConsortium of Southern New Mexico and the Southwest Space Task Force - now the New Mexico Space Alliance.

New Mexico Space Grant Director Patricia Hynes noted that arrangements have been made for a commemorative plaque in Sugerman's honor to be carried on the first rocket to be launched Aug. 14 from the Southwest Regional Spaceport by UP Aerospace. Donations may be made to the NMSU Foundation for the New Mexico SpaceGrant Leonard R. Sugerman Endowment, P.O. Box 3590, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

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