Santa Fe Press Women to hear from Loretta Hall

Loretta Hall

Loretta Hall

Loretta Hall, the president of New Mexico Press Women, will speak to the Santa Fe Press Women on Saturday, November 12 at noon. Her talk is titled Getting Men to the Moon: Behind the Scenes Stories.

The group meets at Joe’s Dining on Rodeo Road in Santa Fe. Joe’s charges an automatic 24% gratuity to assist with the costs of the room and equipment. Santa Fe Press Women are asking attendees to RSVP in advance.

Loretta Hall is the author of two award-winning space history books. Out of this World: New Mexico‘s Contributions to Space Travel recounts the stories of New Mexico people and programs that played crucial roles in the development of manned spaceflight and, more recently, the commercial space industry.Space Pioneers: In Their Own Words presents annotated excerpts from oral history interviews with ninety men and women who worked on various space programs from 1945 through the space shuttle era.

Her newest book, The Complete Space Buff’s Bucket List: 100 Space Things to Do Before You Die is a finalist in the 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Loretta is a Space Ambassador for the National Space Society and the current president of New Mexico Press Women.

Lenton Malry to speak at Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

lenton-malryLenton Malry will speak to the Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Claim Jumper Restaurant at 5001 Jefferson NE. Anyone coming down I-25 should take the Jefferson exit.

Malry served as New Mexico’s first African-American state representative from 1968 to 1978 and Bernalillo County’s first African-American Commissioner – serving as commission chairman in 1983-1984 and 1987-1988.  He was also the first African American to earn a PhD in education from the University of New Mexico.

Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.

He taught in Albuquerque Public Schools and was Albuquerque’s first African-American principal; he retired from APS in 1987.

Malry has served our community on a number of boards and commissions including, as a past-president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and on the boards of the United Way, the UNM Cancer Center, Heights Psychiatric Hospital and the Albuquerque Air Quality Board.

Malry is a member of APW and Friends, and he will be selling and signing his autobiography at the meeting.

Malry has been married to his wife Joy for 56 years and they have a son Lenton Jr.

At this luncheon, guests order directly from a menu and pay the restaurant. There is no need for advance reservations, but there is a $5 fee for nonmembers of APW&F.

Loretta Hall is 2016 NFPW Communicator of Achievement

Loretta Hall, 2016 Communicator of Achievement

Loretta Hall, 2016 Communicator of Achievement

Loretta Hall president of New Mexico Press Women and member of the Steering ommittee of Albuquerque Press Women, is the 2016 Communicator of Achievement Award recipient from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). She received the award during the organization’s annual conference, held this year in Wichita, Kansas.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.

The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field. The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, as well as service to NFPW and to the community.

Hall is a prolific freelance writer and author of seven nonfiction books.   She writes for many technical publications in the engineering and construction fields. A former high school mathematics teacher, she enjoys explaining technical subjects to nontechnical people.

She teaches short courses for writers and speaks to diverse audiences about the topics of her architecture and space history books.

Her 2011 book, “Out of This World: New Mexico’s Contribution to Space Travel,” won first place (nonfiction book, general) in the New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest.  Her 2014 book, “Space Pioneers in Their Own Words,” was named Best Book in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.  Her latest book, “The Complete Space Buff’s Bucket List,” was released in January 2016.

This spring, she was named one of the top 10 speakers in the National Space Society’s Space Ambassadors program.

Barbara Awalt of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books says, “Loretta is a great example of women in science and math for the younger generation.  It is an example that we need more of in every state.”

Hall is also a member of SouthWest Writers, and the Historical Society of New Mexico’s speakers bureau. Her community service includes speaking about writing as a profession at schools; serving in her church; judging science and engineering fairs; and coaching volleyball and soccer teams.