The Sanford Lecture Series, named in honor of the late Al Sanford, professor of geophysics
at NMT from 1957 to 1997, aims to bring a scientist to the department who distinguished
themselves in a field of earth science. The lecture series was established in the
academic year 2017/18 and is sponsored through donations to theE&ES General Alumni Fund. It is named after Al Sanford to honor his legacy to New Mexico Earth Science and
his long career at the department. Wonderful memorials summarizing Al’s career and
achievements, including the discovery of the Socorro Magma Body (roughly in the 60s),
have been published inSRLand theEl Defensor Chieftain. Shortly after his death a tribute was held at New Mexico Tech, a video of which
can be viewed here:https://mediasite.nmt.edu/Mediasite/Play/7fa22045790941eb974e485d3d4513641d. Through a generous donation from his family, the “Dr. Allan R. Sanford Memorial Endowed Fellowship” was established during this tribute.