Tuesday, June 10, 2003 - 7:39:42 PM MST
By Julie Carter
The Ruidoso News
Frank A. DuBois, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, retired June 1 after serving as director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for 15 years and as cabinet secretary for four governors.
DuBois is originally from Corona and still has family in Lincoln County.
A retirement dinner, roast and dance will take place on June 28 at Dickerson's Barn, 3900 W. Picacho Ave. in Las Cruces. Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $50 per person at the door. A no-host cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
An RSVP is requested by June 20. For more information, call the NMSU Dept. of Agriculture at 646-5063 or 646-3702.
During his tenure with NMDA, DuBois also worked as field inspector, agricultural policy specialist, and assistant director. He was assistant director of NMDA when he was selected as director/secretary by New Mexico State University's Board of Regents in February 1988.
"The two things I'm most proud of are the quality of the employees we've recruited to NMDA and the public support we've received for the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship," DuBois said.
A longtime rodeo competitor, DuBois won numerous prizes even after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In fall 2000 he established the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship, which has assisted 18 student athletes at NMSU so far. In 2002 he was instrumental in obtaining a state appropriation for an NMSU rodeo coach.
An active leader, DuBois served as president of the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association for two years and as president of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture for one year. In addition, he served for two years on the board of directors of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and has chaired their Natural Resources and Environment committee for the last eight years.
In 1990 DuBois created the Rounder's Award to honor those who "live, promote and articulate the Western way of life." This award was named for the book, The Rounders. Max Evans authored the book and received the first award. Some of the recipients have been Baxter Black, Michael Martin Murphey, Marc Simmons, Chuck Stocks, Elmer Kelton, Grem Lee and Denny Gentry.
In December 2000 DuBois received the DreamMaker Award from the Going the Distance for MS Research Foundation. He was honored at a Washington, D.C., ceremony for "inspiring us all to live full, productive, and happy lives no matter what our circumstances."
DuBois has received many other awards for his involvement in the agriculture and livestock industry.
"Retirement will give me the opportunity to spend more time on the rodeo
scholarship and take better care of my personal health," DuBois said. He
resides in Mesquite with his wife, Sharon. They have two grown children,
Frank Austin and Sevon Nicole, and two granddaughters, Jayce and Jenna
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