Native American UNM Alum Kicks Off UNM School of Medicine Anniversary Celebration

William E. Fields, 1950's graduate of UNM in civil engineering, will deliver a lecture on the health and lifestyles of young Native Americans in honor of Milton Rosenbaum, MD. The free lecture, open to the public, will take place Monday, October 11, 2004 at 11:15 a.m., UNM School of Medicine, BMSB Room 203.  Lunch will be provided.

The late Dr. Rosenbaum, a former faculty member at the UNM School of Medicine, dedicated much of life to research and understanding psychological affects of addiction and alcoholism in society. 

Fields worked with Rosenbaum while volunteering for Native American alcoholism prevention youth projects on pueblos whilst working as the Chief of Water Rights and Water Resources for the Southwest Region form 1958-1967. From 1968 to January 1982 he became the Chief of Indian Assistance for the Water and Parks Service and helped pueblos in that region to develop their own park systems, including design and construction of park and recreational facilities. After Fields' retirement in January 1988 he became the liaison to Indian pueblos for the director of the National Parks and Services. He was division leader and supervised all of the above for the entire Western United States.

Fields was heavily involved form 1950's to the mid 1980's in the National Guard of New Mexico and retired as Brigadier General and Chief of Staff in 1982. This is where He expanded his volunteer role with alcoholism prevention programs with youth in his community.

Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322

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