TOASTING A LIFE OF SERVICE.
Byline: ANA MARIA TRUJILLO
help former legislator celebrate 90th birthday
By Ana Maria Trujillo
The New Mexican New Mexico Abbr. NM or N.M. or N.Mex.
A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 47th state in 1912.
Cynthia Garrett can't go anywhere with her friend John Paul The name John Paul might refer to: Full name
"If I go out with him someplace some·place
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Somewhere: "I didn't care where I was from so long as it was someplace else" Garrison Keillor. See Usage Note at everyplace. -- whether it's to an opening or to a store -- you can barely go a few feet and there is someone J. Paul has known or has helped or has taught," Garrett said with a laugh.
Since Taylor, a Democrat who represented District 33 in the House of Representatives for 18 years, has touched so many lives during his careers as an educator, administrator and a legislator, Garrett planned a celebration on the Mesilla Plaza, outside Las Cruces, for Taylor's 90th birthday.
Taylor is used to celebrating his birthday "quietly," he said. "If it would have been up to me, I would have celebrated this one quietly, too."
Instead of gifts, Taylor suggested his guests consider making a donation to the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument, which Garrett chairs. The organization was created to preserve and operate the Taylor Monument, which is Taylor's home. The donations will go toward future preservation and educational programs for the monument, which is not yet fully operational.
Taylor and his late wife, Mary Daniels, donated the home, along with two commercial buildings, to the Museum of New Mexico as a monument. Included in that donation are several paintings, items of furniture, photos, books, tools, clothing and religious objects.
"We'd like to do programing and start planning for the future, so the occasion of his birthday is a way to call attention to the state monument and the friends group," Garrett said. "It's also a way of connecting people with both the past and the present New Mexico culture. We encourage people from Santa Fe and people from Albuquerque This is a list of notable celebrities who were either born in, or who have lived in, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Although Taylor was born and still lives in Southern New Mexico, he has strong ties to Santa Fe, he said. Many of his ancestors, including Juan de Vaca (a soldier who came with Francisco V[sz]squez de Coronado) and Cristbal Vaca (a colonist with the second Juan de O[+ or -]ate expedition). He comes from a long line of Romeros and "I'm related to the Delgados down there," Taylor said. His grandfather, Miguel Romero y Baca, founded Las Vegas, N.M., and with his brother Trinidad Romero y Baca, founded the Republican Party of New Mexico The Republican Party of New Mexico is the affiliate of the Republican Party in New Mexico. The party is led by Chairman Allen Weh. Chairmen
Taylor was born Aug. 24, 1920, in Chamberino to William Robert Taylor William Robert Taylor (July 10, 1820 – March 17, 1909) was an American politician and the 12th governor of Wisconsin from 1874 to 1876.
Taylor was born in Connecticut. and Maria Margarita Romero. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from New Mexico State University New Mexico State University, at Las Cruces; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered and opened 1889 as a college. It became New Mexico State Univ. of Engineering, Agriculture, and Science in 1958 and adopted its present name in 1960. , then called the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and served in the Navy. He received two additional degrees and also received an honorary doctorate from the school.
He said he enjoyed working in education because "I just liked to see (the kids) grow and to become productive citizens," he said. He was proud of many of the accomplishments he had while in the Legislature, including helping to establish the secretary of cultural affairs position and helping with welfare reform.
If You Go
What: John Paul Taylor's 90th Birthday
Where: Mesilla Park, Mesilla
When: From 6:30-8:30 pm, Aug. 28
Cost: Free, but donations to the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument accepted.