UNM Geospatial and Population Studies mourns the loss of an amazing woman, Dr. Adélamar (Dely) N. Alcántara.
Dely was a smart and dedicated woman who brought vision and passion to all that she did. Dely joined UNM in 1985, served as the New Mexico state demographer for decades, and served as the director of Geospatial and Population Studies since its founding in 2011. Dely passed away this weekend (Nov. 3, 2019) while en route home from the Philippines.
She worked well with people of diverse economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. She had at least 20 years of community organizing and non-profit management experience, and was a community advocate for diversity, human rights and social justice.
Dely was a leader in the Filipino community, having been president of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico and the Filipino American Community Council, founder of the New Mexico Asian Family Center, and also co-founder of the Filipino American National Historical Society - Rio Grande.
She co-founded the Manoa Alcántara Jojola International Center for Arts & Language MAJICAL Learning Montessori School in the province of Tarlac, Philippines, where she was just visiting to help kick off the school year. She was a stellar role model, with a sharp mind and humorous wit, wisdom, and courage.
Dely is survived by her husband, Ted Jojola, director of UNM Community and Regional Planning Program and Indigenous Design and Planning Institute.
Donations can also be made by check or over the phone.
Mail donations to: Adélamar N. Alcántara Memorial Fund, PO Box 25266, Albuquerque, NM 87125 OR Call the Albuquerque Community Foundation at 505-883-6240.