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College of Education and Human Sciences Announces New Endowment in Memory of Associate Dean Ann Madsen

Posted on July 17, 2020

anne-madsen.jpgDr. Anne Lee Madsen, age 74, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning of May 11, 2020. She was born May 4, 1946 in Provo, Utah to Kenneth and Barbara Madsen. Anne is survived by her sister, Kay Neumann and her daughter, Sarah Beth Nason.

Though raised in the Midwest, Anne fell in love with the big skies of New Mexico and the sunset glow of the Sandia Mountains, and was proud to call Albuquerque her home. She marveled at the hot air balloons that often floated past her windows and sometimes even landed in her backyard.

Anne was a lifelong educator, dedicated to her students at the University of New Mexico, where she served as Associate Dean for the College of Education and Associate Professor of Elementary Education for over 25 years. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in "Curriculum, Teaching, and Education Policy." Anne focused her career on mathematics education, continuously striving to make math more equitable, accessible, and fun for everyone.

Now, Anne’s family and friends are establishing an endowed math scholar award for future teachers who are committed to using mathematics education in their teaching. Due to the caring and generosity of Anne’s family and friends, the fund will be permanent and will make awards for generations to come to future teachers who share Anne’s commitment to mathematics education.

Visit the “Memorial Gift Page” at