New Mexico has many treasures and Valencia County boasts one of the most important — historian and professor par excellence, Dr. Richard Melzer.

Those of us fortunate enough to know him, benefit from his instruction, avail ourselves of his impeccable research and enjoyably learn through his many articles and published books have had a rare and enriching opportunity.

Fortunately, since he is only retiring from the UNM-Valencia campus’ history department, incoming students (though missing fascinating lectures), along with far-flung others who value history, can still access Dr. Melzer’s excellent work through his publications and entertaining talks.

All best wishes for your retirement … with the selfish hope that you continue to research and publish and present!

Patty Guggino

Los Lunas

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