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Col. Albert Fountain to be honored during NMSU’s Founders Day

New Mexico State University will honor Col. Albert Fountain, a renowned attorney, politician and one of NMSU’s founders, as part of the university’s inaugural Founders Day celebration April 10.

Fountain had a distinguished military career. He also worked as an attorney and later went into public service. Fountain was also one of the original founders of Las Cruces College, which later became New Mexico State University. He was one of several residents of southern New Mexico to meet with the university’s founding president, Hiram Hadley, and express concern about the area’s lack of educational facilities at the time. Fountain later worked to help establish Las Cruces College.

As part of the Founders Day celebration, NMSU will announce the creation of the Col. Albert Fountain Endowed Scholarship. Established by Fountain’s great-granddaughter, Gloria Ikard, the scholarship will benefit criminal justice students in recognition of Fountain’s service to the legal profession. Fountain family members, as well as the community, are welcome to continue building this legacy by contributing to the scholarship.

“I’d like to give a special thanks to David Ikard, Artie Fountain and Stephanie Johnson-Burick for their persistent efforts in honoring Col. Fountain’s legacy at New Mexico State University,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “They played a major part in preserving Col. Fountain’s legacy in the community and at the university. We’re honored to recognize this important person in New Mexico history and to be the recipients of the family’s generosity.”

As part of the Founders Day celebration, NMSU will also unveil the newly named Col. Albert Fountain Room at the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union in honor of Fountain’s exceptional contributions to the area. The room will feature several paintings and other historic images donated by the Fountain family.