Alumni Connection – Fall 2018

Homecoming – September 29, 2018
Join Us in Celebrating Our 70th Homecoming!

Greetings Menaul School Alumni! We look forward to welcoming back our Alumni and sharing a weekend of fun with the Menaul School Community!

Be sure to stop by our Alumni Hospitality Tent at the Homecoming game and sign in with us to receive a gift. If it is your class reunion year, remember to get your medallion and meet us at halftime to be recognized with your classmates.

Wear your red and black and cheer on the Panthers for the Homecoming Football Game! Support our students’ fundraising efforts by purchasing refreshments available during the game. Highlights this year are the Panther Hall of Fame Award Ceremony, the Induction of Honorary Alumni, and the Recognition of the Decades Classes. For the third year in a row, we will have our Alumni Hospitality Tent available all day Saturday for Menaul School Alumni to socialize and watch the game in the shade!

See Homecoming Invitation Here!

Now Accepting Nominations for the Panther Hall of Fame!

It’s time to get ready for Homecoming, and that means it’s time to start sending in nominations for the Panther Hall of Fame!

The Panther Hall of Fame award is an annual award honoring athletic achievements at Menaul School. This award has been given to student athletes, coaches, administrators, and teams. The award honors not only outstanding achievement, but continued service to Menaul School in the area of athletics as well. The award will be presented at halftime of our Homecoming game September 29, 2018.

We will be accepting nominations until Friday, August 24, 2018.

Please download this form and send your nomination to Maggie Beck at or mail to:
Menaul School
Office of Institutional Advancement
301 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Panther Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Don’t forget to send wedding and birth announcements, graduations, promotions, stories, obituaries, and any other news you have about yourself, your family, and your alumni families and friends to or call me at (505) 341-7220.

Also, keep us updated if you change your address, phone number, or email address.

We look forward to hearing about what is going on in your lives and seeing you around campus!

Maggie Beck
Advancement Associate
(505) 341-7233

In Loving Memory

Each member of the Menaul School community is important. We give thanks and hold in our prayers the family and friends of these Alumni who have passed away.

Mary Caldwell ‘51
Mary Leila Fenton Caldwell died peacefully on January 13, 2018. She was the youngest of five children born to EM and Alice Fenton.
She was raised in the Jemez Mountains, at a time when neighbors were scarce and self-reliance were of utmost importance. She was home schooled by her mother and then sent off to boarding school to complete her education, which she compared to being in prison. She loved animals and being outdoors. Her dream of becoming a veterinarian was squashed when the colleges she applied to would not accept women in the program.

Her husband and love of 62 years was Lew Caldwell Jr. (who preceded her in death). They married in May 1951, one week after her graduation. They lived and ranched and raised three children in Ponderosa, NM. They are Lew M. Caldwell (wife Carol), Diana J. Clark (husband Jim), and Jack A. Caldwell (wife Janet); and were blessed with 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Mary was an accomplished mom, cook, friend, horse woman, wood carver, and very knowledgeable about animal and range husbandry, and worked tirelessly to improve the range they grazed cattle on. She was generous in sharing her knowledge and was called upon many times by neighbors to help with their animals. She touched many lives by her gentle and giving spirit, words of encouragement and exceptional hospitality.

Her finest attributes were her unwavering faith in God that she put into action, and her love for her family. A celebration of a life well lived will be held on February 10, 2018 @ 10:30 AM at Montgomery Blvd Church of Christ (7201 Montgomery Blvd NE). A meal will be shared together afterward. Come, share memories, stories and smiles with her family.

Carlos Candelaria ‘44
Carlos Martin Candelaria, age 92, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 in Albuquerque. He was born to Jose and Adela Candelaria on December 5, 1925 in Denver, CO. He attended Menaul High School, served as a Sargent in the Army Medical Core in World War II, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. After marrying Irene Jimenez in 1951, he devoted his life to his family and his Church. Retiring after almost 30 years in the U. S. Civil Service as a commercial artist and manager of the illustration and printing departments at Sandia Base’s branch of the Defense Nuclear Agency, he had a second career at Mossman Pools. He retired from that second career to care for his ailing wife, Irene. Carlos was very dedicated to Second Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, where he was a Sunday School teacher, Ruling Elder, Deacon, Trustee, Choir member, and Church Historian among many other roles.

He is survived by his two sons, Jonathan Candelaria and his wife, Kathy, and David Candelaria; two grandchildren, Tara Candelaria and Ryan Candelaria; one sister, Lena De Herrera; and one brother Joe I. Candelaria, Jr. Carlos was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Ines and Adela Candelaria; three sisters, Fidelia Herrera, Esther Gatewood, and Ruth Boelman; and his wife of over 50 years, Irene Candelaria.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, January 2, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 812 Edith Blvd NE, with Pastor Robert Woodruff presiding. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Second Presbyterian Church General Fund, 812 Edith Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Please visit our online guestbook for Carlos at

Eralia Emelina (Emily) Nye ’50 (1929 – 2017)
Eralia E. Nye passed away December 8, 2017 in Hastings. Eralia was born September 30, 1929 in Lucero, New Mexico; the daughter of Pedro and Maria Montoya. Eralia attended the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado. A Licensed Practical Nurse at Leila Post Hospital, she also was a private duty nurse for many years. She enjoyed gardening and most of all she loved her family. On January 7, 1953, Eralia married the love of her life; Kenneth Nye and he preceded her in death on February 2, 2010. She is survived by daughters: Deborah Waite, and Linda Gardner, sons: Thomas (Cheryl) Nye, Bradley (Peggy) Nye, and Tim (Laura) Nye, a sister, Arabella Montoya, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Eralia was also preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Ferenando, Laudente, Dennis, Lee and Armando Montoya. Her family will receive friends, Friday, December 15, 2017, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home, Delton where her memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Pastor Jeff Worden, officiating. Burial will take place in Dowling Cemetery. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice in memory of Eralia will be appreciated. Please visit to leave a message or to leave a condolence message for Eralia’s family.

Malaquias Rodriguez, Jr. ’52 (1933-2018)
Malaquias Rodriguez, 85, of Chamisal passed away on July 14, 2018. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Emanuel Presbyterian Church in Penasco with interment to be held at 2:15 pm at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home. To share a memory, please visit our website at

Ben R. Romero Jr. ‘48
Romero, Jr., Ben R., Beloved husband of Alice, father of Larry (deceased), Julia (Steve) Birely, Marty (Brandi) Romero, 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 2 great-granddaughters. Viewing Tues., 11/29 4 to 7 with a Rosary at 7 at Runyan Stevenson. Funeral Mass Thurs., 12/1, 10 am at Holy Name Catholic Church 3290 W. Milan Ave.

George Blas Vigil ‘40
George B. Vigil, 96, passed on 12/22/2017. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elvira T. Vigil; and grandson, Darryl Hurtado. Survived by his daughter, Annabelle Hurtado (Ernie); son Burt Vigil; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service is scheduled for January 26, 2018 at Second United Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, 10:30 am with reception to follow at the Cooperage. Interment will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Second United Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque.

*Obituaries are provided by outside sources and are replicated as provided.