Garrett – Owen – Wood Alumni and Friends Endowed

Dr. Edgar R. Garrett

Dr. Garrett began a 41 year professional career at NMSU in 1948, working as a Technical Director for the NMSU Coronado Playmakers in the Department of English. In 1952, Edgar received a joint appointment as Professor of Psychology and Professor of Elementary and Secondary Education. He then established the Speech and Hearing Center at NMSU in 1962. Subsequently, he founded the Speech Department, for which he was Department Head from 1965 until 1984. Dr. Garrett became the Director of Communication Disorders, associated with the Department of Special Education in 1984. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1989.

Dr. Gordon R. Owen

Dr. Owen is an Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at New Mexico State University. He worked closely with Dr. Garrett and first got acquainted with Dr. Wood when he was an NMSU student. When Dr. Wood returned to NMSU as a faculty member, he suggested the idea of a scholarship fund honoring Dr. Garrett, an idea he supported. Dr. Owen has two published works including The Two Alberts and Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1849-1999: Multicultural Crossroads.

Dr. Lynn Rodney (Rod) Wood

Dr. Wood completed his Masters in Speech – Language Pathology at NMSU in 1979. Dr. Wood and his wife, Sandra Harris, moved to Virginia and then to Tennessee. In 2001, Dr. Wood moved back to Las Cruces and he began a position as advisor to the NMSU NSSLHA group. He also devoted a great deal of effort to arranging the Garrett-Owen-Wood Scholarship fund. Dr. Wood continued his teaching and supervision duties while being treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2002-2003. Dr. Wood passed away in Houston on October 29, 2005.