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Thomas Lafayette Popejoy


Thomas Lafayette Popejoy, American educator.


Popejoy, Thomas Lafayette was born on December 2, 1902 in Raton, New Mexico, United States. Son of Fred and Ellen (Floyd) Popejoy.


Bachelor of Arts, University of New Mexico, 1925. Student of University Illinois, summers 1925, 26. A.M., U. New Mexico, 1929.

Student of University California, summers 1934, 35. Doctor of Laws, University Arizona, 1954. Doctor of Laws, University Albuquerque, 1968.


Instructor in economics U. New Mexico, 1925-1929, assistant professor, 1929-1937, assistant professor, 1937-1948, executive assistant to president, 1936-1948, president, 1948-1968. Comptroller, 1938-1948, acting registrar, 1941-1944, Chairman of the Board of deans, 1944-1945. Research director New Mexico Taxpayer’s Association, 1932.

State director, National Youth Administration, 1935-1939, deputy administrator, Washington, District of Columbia, 1939-1940. Regional consumer relations representative OPA, Denver, 1942.


  • Author: The Causes of Bank Failures in New Mexico, 1920-1925, 1931. The University of New Mexico, A Calculated Risk. Contributor articles to New Mexico Business Review.


Member of Executive Committee Western Interstate Commission Higher Education, from 1953, president, 1951-1953. Member president’s council Western Athletic Conference, 1961-1968, chairman, 1961-1962, 65-66. Member Executive Committee Associate Rocky Mountain Universities, Inc., 1961-1968, president 1960-1961.

Member of the board visitors Air U., United States Air Force, 1961-1964, St. John’s College, Santa Fe. Member Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (directory) Blue Key, Alpha Phi Omega, Pi Gamma Mu, Sigma Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Kappa Alpha, Alpha Kappa Psi. Clubs: Albuquerque Country, Rotary (president 1946-1947).


Married Bessie Kimball, June 21, 1921. Children: Jeanne Kimball, Thomas Lafayette.

Fred Popejoy

Ellen (Floyd) Popejoy

Bessie Kimball

Jeanne Kimball Popejoy

Thomas Lafayette Popejoy