Adams State mourns loss of faculty members

(08-14-2009)

At a small college, like Adams State, close relationships develop between faculty and staff; and the death of a friend/colleague resonates across campus. This year, Adams State lost one current, and two former, faculty members. The deaths of Tony Ross, assistant professor of business; Natalie Motz Streeter, Adams State class year '99 and former teacher education instructor; and Dr. Phil Jaramillo, emeritus professor of Spanish; are a great loss to both the campus and community.

Ross passed away July 6, after a long and hard fought struggle with cancer. After his diagnosis, Ross recognized the need for a local cancer relief organization and created the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund, to provide a seed of hope for cancer patients in the valley. He started in the Adams State School of Business in 2004, and his good natured personality and free spirit will always be remembered by colleagues and students.

Streeter was in the Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) program through the Adams State Teacher Education Department, from August 2004 until May 2006. She also received her master's degree from Adams State. While an instructor on campus, Streeter impressed her students with her genuine concern for their education and dedication to the profession.

During an interview in 2004, Jaramillo said the poem, "The Blood of my Spirit", by Miguel de Unamuno, expressed the "same sentiments I have for my homeland, New Mexico, its language and culture, just as de Unamuno had for Spain, its language and culture, and the strength and vigor of their endurance." He strove to instill the same love of Spanish and Mexican culture to his students. Jaramillo received emeritus status from Adams State in the spring 2004, where he spent half of his professional career.

President David Svaldi said the all three faculty members were quality instructors who passed along their passion for their chosen professions. "On behalf of the campus, I express my sympathy to the family and friends of Tony, Natalie, and Phil."

By Linda Relyea