After 25 years at Western New Mexico University, my aunt Barbara is retiring from her position as assistant athletic director. Throughout the past four years, she has had a tremendous impact on my life; what’s more, I know she has had a similar effect on the countless students she has met in the last quarter-century. More than anybody else at the school, I know she truly cared for her student-athletes and her fellow workers.
I attended a ceremony at the school this afternoon, for finger food and cake, where her friends and colleagues honored her. It was a lot of fun, and the kind of low-key celebration she could enjoy.
I’m going to miss stopping by her office when I head up to WNMU, and the court-side seat I shared with her for several years at basketball and volleyball games.
It won’t be the same without her.